Technology & Health

The History of Alcohol in Britain: 16th and 17th Centuries

Technology and Health

The History of Alcohol in Britain: 16th and 17th Centuries

In England, the first excessive use of distilled spirits dates to 1525–1550. Around the same time, playwright Thomas Nash discussed the pervasiveness of drunkenness in England. For the first time, the English mentioned drunkenness as a crime.Alcohol use was integrated into nearly all phases of life. In 1606, the English Parliament passed The Act to Repress the Odious and Loathsome Sin of Drunkenness.

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