Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

A Century Ago, Alcohol Was Legitimate Medicine
Real Clear Science ^ | 04/15/2013 | Ross Pomeroy

Posted on 04/16/2013 11:58:01 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen

At every doctor's visit, there are a few axioms you're almost guaranteed to hear: Eat healthier, exercise more, and ease up on the alcohol. But, incredible as it may seem, there was a time when the latter -- alcohol -- was considered an altogether beneficial and valuable drug, and it was utilized for a wide range of medicinal purposes.

In the early 20th century, alcohol was viewed as both a depressant and a stimulant, a conflicting label that -- as you can imagine -- grew increasingly difficult to maintain as scientific knowledge promulgated. (Today we know alcohol to be a depressant.) However, at the time, this dual-action reputation reinforced alcohol's positive image within the medical community.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearscience.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History
KEYWORDS: alcohol

1 posted on 04/16/2013 11:58:01 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

It always helped granny with her Rheumatism on the Beverly Hillbillies.


2 posted on 04/16/2013 12:01:27 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

3 posted on 04/16/2013 12:04:32 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Sivana

Everclear works wonders on rotten teeth too. (Even if you don’t swallow it.)


4 posted on 04/16/2013 12:05:08 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

Around that same time, cocaine also was considered a “beneficial and valuable drug.”


5 posted on 04/16/2013 12:10:00 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

We could use an opium den in Congre$$ these days,, mellow the ‘rats&rinos out.. one would hope anyway... used to be almost everything was legal.

In certain political realms, it still is,, until it is exposed.


6 posted on 04/16/2013 12:12:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Opinionated Blowhard

Still is. An extremely valuable local anesthetic used in emergency rooms.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 12:12:31 PM PDT by brewcrew
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: FReepers
Refuse To Take Marxist Medicine!

Donate To Free Republic

8 posted on 04/16/2013 12:15:01 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

Check the label on a bottle of Nyquil.


9 posted on 04/16/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

Some reputable doctors will still prescribe 1 oz per day of whiskey for certain heart conditions.


10 posted on 04/16/2013 12:25:16 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

During Prohibition could get prescription for “medicinal
whisskey” .......


11 posted on 04/16/2013 12:28:24 PM PDT by njslim (St)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

My doctor told me 1 oz. of alcohol every day would help my life expectancy by another day. At this point, I’m going to live to be 2000 years old, if my knees hold out.


12 posted on 04/16/2013 12:34:11 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

For generations, doctors often advised their patients to drink alcohol as a remedy for various ailments. Perhaps the most notorious instance was the medical advice to William Pitt the Younger, one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers, to drink port in quantity for the sake of his health. This led to the liver and gastric ailments that vexed and in time ended Pitt’s life — but not before he set into place the policies and strategy that led to the defeat of Napoleon.


13 posted on 04/16/2013 12:34:33 PM PDT by Rockingham
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen
I'm glad you posted this. I forgot to take my “medicine”.
14 posted on 04/16/2013 12:34:43 PM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: southernerwithanattitude

Cheers!


15 posted on 04/16/2013 12:37:09 PM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Safetgiver
My doctor told me 1 oz. of alcohol every day would help my life expectancy by another day. At this point, I’m going to live to be 2000 years old, if my knees hold out.

i would suggest a wheel chair, but would that be considered drinking and driving?
16 posted on 04/16/2013 12:43:24 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

It helps me with boredom. :-)


17 posted on 04/16/2013 12:49:01 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Safetgiver

By the same logic, if a beer a day is good for you, based on my college activities back in the late 1970s, I’m still set until sometime in 2042.


18 posted on 04/16/2013 12:54:59 PM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: brewcrew

My ENT still uses cocaine when poking around my sinuses.


19 posted on 04/16/2013 12:57:21 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Some reputable doctors will still prescribe 1 oz per day of whiskey for certain heart conditions.

Alcohol - in moderation - is excellent for circulation. Nothing wrong with a Scotch or two in the evening. Or a glass or two of wine.

A Bottle or Two .... that's another story. ;-)

Many, many moons ago, my grandfather was told *by his cardiologist* to give up his nightly Scotch.

Grandpa's solution? He fired the doc, and continued to enjoy a Scotch or two in the evening. He lived to the ripe old age of 87. :-)

20 posted on 04/16/2013 1:01:24 PM PDT by wbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

It’sh alwaysh swhorked for meee.


21 posted on 04/16/2013 1:48:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wbill
I have two bottles of “medicinal only” whiskey in my collection..Old Mork is the brand I think... ....it was found in a wall in a New York Building remodel...a case of it....
22 posted on 04/16/2013 1:50:12 PM PDT by Youngman542012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: henkster

Another doctor told me that 1/2 inch of alcohol (bourbon) was alright for me, every day. I just figured he meant in the bottom of a bathtub.


23 posted on 04/16/2013 1:55:04 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: andyk

It’s pretty much the best anesthetic for that kind of work - does not go systemic in therapeutic quantities, and it’s a vasoconstrictor so it helps to control bleeding.


24 posted on 04/16/2013 2:31:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

Jack Daniels cures everything other than cancer.


25 posted on 04/16/2013 3:13:27 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

If you have my in-laws it’s STILL important medicine.


26 posted on 04/16/2013 3:16:39 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ann Archy

Cold and flu bugs are killed outright by Ezra Brooks before they can even get a committee together.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 3:30:15 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: null and void

It’s helping me


28 posted on 04/16/2013 4:10:34 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Shimmer1

A time and place for everything...


29 posted on 04/16/2013 4:20:16 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen
In the early 20th century, alcohol was viewed as both a depressant and a stimulant, a conflicting label that...

...was echoed 80 years later by ads for coffee which "picks you up and calms you down".

30 posted on 04/16/2013 4:26:55 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Pain!


31 posted on 04/16/2013 4:42:14 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Shimmer1
Have another...

Negra Modelo photo modeloespecial.gif

32 posted on 04/16/2013 4:48:57 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: null and void

I think i will. that will make 3


33 posted on 04/16/2013 4:50:37 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Shimmer1

With six you get egg roll...


34 posted on 04/16/2013 5:18:50 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson