Explore the History of Alcohol in America at the U.S. National Archives

Explore the History of Alcohol in America at the U.S. National Archives

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Pop quiz: How many gallons of alcohol do you think Americans drink each year? Now what about Americans in 1830, the peak of alcohol consumption in America?

According to a new exhibit at the U.S. National Archives that focuses on Americans' mercurial relationship with booze, modern-day Americans drink just 2.3 gallons of alcohol per year. We're teetotalers compared to our 1830 counterparts, who consumed (on average) 7.1 gallons per year.

That's just one of the portions of the new exhibit. Also on display are famous cocktail sets (we're fans of FDR's silver shaker), and of course a look at the propaganda surrounding prohibition.

Read more: The Time When Americans Drank All Day Long from BBC News

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