Not by Bread Alone: America's Culinary Heritage

Americans & Alcohol:
Decadence and Restraint

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The paradoxical hallmarks of American culture–puritanical restraint and excessive consumption–are evident in this nation’s long and historically conflicted relationship with alcohol. The crusades of 19th century temperance leaders to make alcohol illegal; the underground drinking clubs generated by Prohibition (1920—1933); the free and celebratory cocktail culture that dominated in the United States through the 1970s; the more serious view of drinking and alcoholism beginning in the 1980s; the culture of binge drinking on college campuses today–all reflect our national ambivalence toward this most common of drugs.

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