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It is fashionable to drink nowadays. If you don’t drink, either you have grown old or you are too prudish. And, if you are really worried about other people’s opinions you will take that drink and then another even when you would rather not. Alcohol is an excuse for people to meet; alcohol is the reason behind many a friendship; alcohol is the way to escape; and alcohol is the heart of parties. Drinking is seen as a social need.

In this age when sobriety is looked down upon, it is difficult to not take that glass which is offered to you. The problems arise when alcohol becomes “the” reason for everything – for fun, for celebrations, for meeting people, for loneliness, for company meetings, or for no reason. Fun starts and ends with alcohol. It is bad when fun carries no other definition other than drinking. And it is no longer fun when having the freedom to drink translates to becoming a slave to booze.

Today’s article is not just about problems of alcohol – it is about alcohol’s role in American History. It talks about how immigrants added to America’s drinking culture or how prohibition didn’t work.