Beverages in the Georgian Era

 

Cock-Tavern

 

For many people today, the Georgian Era was a time when everyone drank alcoholic drinks and “knew” not to drink the water because of the pollution and bacteria.  While the people of the English-speaking world certainly did consume what, to most of us today, would seem to be prodigious amounts of alcohol, the fact is, bacteria were almost unknown to the Georgians, and they certainly did not associate them with disease.  In reality, the prevailing theory on the cause of disease, throughout the Georgian era was the Miasma Theory, that held that diseases such as cholera, chlamydia or the Black Death were caused by a miasma, a noxious form of “bad air”. Continue reading

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