This Drinking Nation
“America’s drinking history started out differently from other nations’. The colonists who first settled this land arrived with their drinking preferences already formed in the old country. They knew what they were used to drinking, and at what times of the day, and on what holidays.(p1).
Jonathan Harris does an excellent job on discussing several different topics on buying, consuming, supplying, and even the statistics of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol manufacturers have several sneaky tactics up their sleeves that can do harm to a person and their loved ones. Harris’s book covers several areas and from several different angles just like a concept paper should.
One of Harris’s topics in his book This Drinking Nation is called “Target: Young People”. Because I am still a minor but yet a young adult I am able to see exactly what he means by this. On page 161 Harris starts to discuss who the alcohol companies try to target and why. Harris states that the alcohol companies make a lot of their money from the younger population. Even the companies’ ads target the young adults and make the average person seem much more “cool” when consuming the beverage. I completely understand what Harris means by this because even in today’s alcohol ads the average guy who consumes alcohol seems much more cool and has much more female attention.
One other of my favorite parts of this book is when Harris breaks down the Prohibition. In his section called “Age of Prohibition” Harris talks about what the Prohibition was and also why it started. Just like in every school’s history class he gave us the same information but much more. When America tried to ban alcohol there were places called speakeasies that were basically secret bars that many people were not able to find usually in the back of a building such as maybe a funeral home(p87).
Harris covered many more topics about the life of alcohol and explained alcohol’s journey in the United States so thoroughly that I am much more educated on the substance. What I most liked about Harris’s book is that he did not say that alcohol is bad over and over like many of the history teachers do that teach about the Prohibition. However, Harris was able to give history and facts about the substance that has an outstanding industry in the United States and many other parts of the world.