1. The early Church declared that alcohol was an inherently good gift of God to be used and enjoyed. While individuals might choose not to drink, to despise alcohol was heresy.
FROM: Austin, Gregory A. Alcohol in Western Society from Antiquity to 1800: A Chronological History. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-Clio, 1985, pp. 44 and 47-48.
2. While there wasn't any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie to eat at the first Thanksgiving, there was beer, brandy, gin, and wine to drink.
From: The First Thanksgiving. The Community Trader, Manchester, NY, Nov.,1988; www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/thanksgi.htm/.
3. During Prohibition, temperance activists hired a scholar to rewrite the Bible by removing all references to alcohol beverage
FROM: The American Mix, 2001, 1(1), 4.
4. Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky, where it was first produced in 1789 by a Baptist minister.
FROM: Grimes, William. Straight Up or on the Rocks: A Cultural History of American Drink. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993, pp. 52-53. However, this commonly-accepted explanation is challenged by Charles K. Cowdery in How Bourbon Whiskey Really Got Its Famous Name. The Bourbon Reader, 1996, 3 (1)
5 .Did you know that the human body produces its own supply of alcohol naturally on a continous basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
FROM: Lindiger, W., Taucher, J., Jordan, A., and Vogel, W. Endogenous production of methanol after the consumption of fruit. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 1997, 21, 939-943; Phillips, M., Greenberg, J., and Martinez V., Ostrovsky, Y. M. Endogenous ethanol -- its metabolic, behavioral and biomedical significance. Alcohol, 1986, 3, 239-247
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