US Alcohol Consumption, why W.C. Fields didn’t drink water, and man urinates in Portland reservoir

US Alcohol Consumption, why W.C. Fields didn’t drink water, and man urinates in Portland reservoir

From Laphams’ Quarterly:

• In the 1790s in the United States, the average American over the age of fifteen consumed almost six gallons of pure alcohol per annum. The modern figure is 2.8.

• As to why he didn’t drink water, an inebriated W. C. Fields purportedly responded, “Fish fuck in it.”

From the Oregonian:

Because a 21-year-old man [who’d been drinking alcohol] was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon’s biggest city is sending 8 million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain.
 
Portland officials defended the decision Monday, saying they didn’t want to send city residents water laced, however infinitesimally, with urine.

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