The installation of public water fountains was the work of prohibitionists. Many men claimed they frequented bars because they were thirsty, thus water foundations were installed everywhere in public so their drunkenness was without excuse. This all took place one hundred years ago.

One hundred years later, public water fountains have all been closed and it is now widely known reported that the lockdown and quarantine have lead to a sharp rise in binge drinking.

Of course, people are responsible for what they do, and I am not entirely convinced there is really a connection to see here. This all has more to do with the zeitgeist than with human psychology.

Published by Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Hack. Avid indoorsman.

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