This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Your ancestors attitude towards being drunk

People have been fermenting spirits for thousands of years. And when they drink too much of this, they become drunk. It's nothing new. The picture at left is *The Drunkenness of Noah* by Michelangelo on the Sistine Ceiling. Yeah, old Noah has had a few. And it's been a nuisance of human existence for thousands of years. But it became really deadly in the 20th century.

When being drunk combined with operating an automobile, right after the turn of the century, people were inclined to laugh it off. People had been having *accidents* while drunk for a very long time, falling down steps, that sort of thing. And yes, people even died.

But by the twentieth century, it wasn't funny any more. In the 1920s, there were failed efforts, at least here in the United States, to make alcohol illegal. By the late twentieth century, people were up in arms against drunk driving. It has become a very serious offense. People were no longer laughing off the death and carnage caused by the combination of drunkenness and driving.

As of this writing, it's still going on. In spite of laws and enforcement, our city streets are crowded every night with people driving drunk. Most nice restaurants sell alcohol, and there is a general feeling that drinking is part of enjoying a night out. And those nights out always end up behind the wheel of a car.

Our ancestors could fall asleep drunk in their wagon and their horse would take them home. It would be nice if our cars could do that today, but they can't. Times have changed.
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