In 1825 the annual consumption of pure alcohol was 7 gallons per person over the age of 15. Today it's 2.49 gallons annually, nearly two-thirds less than our ancestors.

Booze and temperance in Detroit's hard-drinking early years

Liquor played a large role in the city’s history, from fur traders and Indians to Carrie Nation’s temperance campaign and 13 years of Prohibition By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News The furious tug of war between liquor and temperance began at the very founding of the tiny settlement on the Detroit River. … Continue Reading →