Drinking, however, was the universal panacea for the miseries of the day. Early in the century the art of distilling cheap gin had been made so simple and fool-proof that almost every shopkeeper sold spirits; a loophole in the law made it possible for gin to be sold without a licence or any type of regulation, while beer was still only sold in licensed beershops, so the drinking of ‘strong waters’ became commoner than beer-drinking, and ‘drunk for a penny, dead drunk for twopence’ was almost literally true. Gin was the favoured spirit because it needed no maturing such as is given to brandy or whisky. Gin distilled today could be sold tomorrow, and even if it was a little raw, it was usually mixed with fruit cordials to make a palatable drink. At this period the consumption of cheap spirits in London, per head, was probably higher than at any time before or since. Spirits make people indifferent or insensible to filth and wretchedness, but they also increase the filth and wretchedness. In an age when the sober man was forced by circumstances to have filthy habits, the drunk man became simply bestial. One dreadful story may serve as an example of the macabre effects which cheap gin could bring into the lives of the poor in the eighteenth century.
When the parliament finally passed the first Gin Act in 1736, the nation (long addicted) rioted from Bristol to London, Norwich to Warrington and Liverpool to Plymouth with mock funeral processions held by some in protest to, “The death of Madam Geneva”. Despite this first regulatory action, gin madness continued to rise and reached an all time high in 1743 when it was recorded that
2.2 gallons (8 litres) were consumed per person per year (of ALL ages).
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