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How many tears in a bottle of gin?
Unless you’ve got a time machine set to the 1700s – the answer is zero.
Or at least no more than your average standard alcoholic beverage.
Back in the bad old days, gin was the cheapest and most popular
booze in London. And as with any inexpensive, readily available alcohol,
it developed an association with “persons low in life” (an actual quote
from the Middlesex Magistrate at the time), which didn't do much for its
image. This, coupled with artist/social compass William Hogarth’s Gin
Lane illustration (above, c .1751) which depicted a bunch of impoverished
drunkards throwing babies away like 1700s Michael Jacksons, meant that
gin ended up shouldering the blame for social and economic problems of
the day. His Beer Street illustration, meanwhile, highlighted happy citizens
imbibing pure and healthy English beer. This malarky led to a series of
legislative acts to control and eventually prohibit the sale of what was
dubbed ‘Mother’s Ruin’ (ah, sweet government, some things never change).
Considering 18th century black market gin was topped up with
sulphuric acid and turpentine (probably boosting the alcohol content far
beyond what we’d consume today, as well as being fairly close to poison),
the beverage has never quite shaken the ‘drink of tears’ stigma – but it's
no more depressing than any other alcohol, all of which is a depressant.
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