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Works Cities Lender Mark and James Martin Dinking in America New York The Free Press 1987 Americas Thirst Drinking in America a historic novel by Martin Lender and James Martin stated that alcohol was the leading inhibitor for Americas slow upbringing Americans have always been drinking alcohol Alcohol was used to celebrate relax and trade It was the people who drank excessive amounts that ruined it for all Drink is in itself a good creature of God and to be received with thankfulness but the abuse of drink is from Satan the wine is from God but the Drunkard is from the Devil Alcohol ruined many American lives Martin Lenders book gave insight on how Americans dealt with the problems of alcohol A sampling of the earliest colonial laws is representative of the attempt continued since those times to control excessive consumption Excessive drinking it was considered produced behavior unsuitable in some such as ministers and dangerous in others such as Indians When the Puritans set sail to Massachusetts they had taken care to carry with them 42 tons of beer in contrast with 14 tons of water and 10000 gallons of wine The regulation of liquor consumption was a matter of considerable concern in certain colonies For a time Massachusetts went so far as to prohibit the drinking of healths in 1638 The law was soon abandoned for obvious reasons such as polluted water supply It rapidly became clear however that liquor laws could do more and perhaps better than control consumption they could provide a source of revenue By the turn of the 18th century the regulatory impulse was concentrated on fines excise taxes and license fees Fines were imposed for drunken behavior unlawful sales to a drunken tippler or to Indians and for selling without a license Court records indicate that these laws were enforced with reasonable regularity Licenses often carried their own fees and excise taxes were levied upon distilled
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