16 Most Successful Drinkers Throughout History

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It’s likely that humans first discovered fermented beverages purely by accident. Once they did, however, they haven’t looked back. Ancient civilizations in Babylon, Egypt, China, Greece and India and Native American cultures all included alcohol not only in daily life, but also as an essential element in holy events and ceremonies. While there were, and are, differing moral views about its use, alcohol is seen in every civilization in the world.

Throughout history there have been eminent people who have appreciated alcohol, perhaps to excess, but in spite of their drinking, they have gone on to accomplish great things. Presented in no particular order, here is a list of 15 famous drinkers, who achieved a lot whilst still imbibing a drink or two.

1) Benjamin Franklin

It is a well-known fact that life in the American colonies was harsh, and Benjamin Franklin had a harsher life than most people did. From a poor, large family, he is a wonderful example of the American dream: defying his underprivileged and beleaguered origins, he became a writer, philosopher, and scientist. He also liked to drink alcohol, both wine and beer. His most popular writing, Poor Richard’s Almanac, and latterly The Almanac, contained many observations, including public events, comments on the weather, such as moon cycles, prose, and, upon occasion, wine making instructions. Franklin is often quoted for his humorous observations about wine and beer. His general preference for alcohol is shown in this particularly amusing comment: “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

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