7 people's responses to Prohibition
August 22, 1914 began to operate the Prohibition in the Russian Empire. Not the first and not the last time. As is usually the case, the ban immediately provoked protests intensified, the situation has only worsened with drunkenness. 7 people's responses to the dry law.
In 1914, Nicholas II led the fight against the widespread national alcoholism. the entire range of alcoholic was eliminated from the stores, shops and taverns. Alcoholic beverages imported only in restaurants, therefore, submitted exclusively to wealthy segments of the population. The people responded with lightning speed - about wine pogroms not just lazy writing. Loud people's protest of the state met with firmness: tightened dry mode. In response, the people learned the art of subtle deception. People who are not afraid of the queue, moved to the pharmacy. Here, the "alcohol for health," lets go quickly and inexpensively.
By coincidence (mystic some, no less), during the period of dry pharmacy law filled with all kinds of alcoholic beverages. However, non-prescription ordinary citizens can get here only 15 grams of "drug" means inside and 30 - for outdoor use. Wines, brandy and vodka prescription. Doctors' fees rose a record - the Russian Empire was filled with recipes for alcohol. Russian press told me in his skits on The Barber Ardalyon Kasyanovich of cup, which is supplied for a fee sufferers saving paper with the caption: "With a quick stroke of the pen of Dr. recipe of cup instantly ready." Funny character, however, reminded of the reality of the criminal - alcoholic agreement was signed between doctors and pharmacists publican. Signature at the nth doctor has become the key to a successful campaign in the right pharmacy.
"Liquor month radiance", but simply - moonshine - has a long history. In the early twentieth century, moonshine - a substitute for alcohol purchased, it was a peasant drink. Keep the house moonshine was expensive, so get "liquor" is not for everyone. Saved peasant bormatuha. The heyday of moonshine industry fell at the end of the 80s of the twentieth century. Demand for apples and potatoes increased significantly. In the absence of apples and root vegetables, homemade vodka drove from dried fruits and herbs, sugar disappeared from the shops everywhere. People experimented - lots of recipes for moonshine. As Ostap Bender said: "Even in ordinary stools can drive the moonshine. Some like taburetovku ".
Another psevdoalkogolny drink with a long history, rooted in China. As part of the Russian and Chinese Hanshin prude no coincidence, but the term specifically with Chinese motifs. Prude - based drink denatured alcohol, lacquer or varnish in demand in cities where moonshine was to keep dangerous. About "hanzhevom" demand in 1914 wrote "Moscow sheet": "This shop during the lunch hour is selling two pounds of varnish. On the day, especially festive, up to eight - ten pounds. Polish purified wool, kvass, salt, about scherlak separated. Pay a pound to 3 rubles. Drink, kryaknut, say - "polzitelno!" According to the principle of "bigots" soldiers during Prohibition learned to use shoe polish. Spread on bread, soaked in alcohol, shoe polish was shot and ate bread. Please do not repeat, and not the shoe polish, and deadly.
Another variety psevdoalkogolya, are in great demand among the middle class. Demand was amazingly large - in 1914 many factories perfume cologne drove the rest of the products. Russian Empire in the person of mayors led a tough fight with fans of cologne, eau de cologne in 1915 issued by the certificate. doctors did not give such a certificate, get it could only be the police. However, because the law and order exists to work around it. In 1985, the cologne was again number one product. Flavor spectrum into account even the floor of the buyer. Among the ladies demand "Rose water", men preferred "Cucumber" - a drink and a snack in one bottle.
In the '80s, speculators - not only as a separate class. In my head comes a quote from the "Office Romance": "What are you saying! I am their corral at a speculative price. " It's about tickets to the circus, but still at a speculative price could get batnichek, jeans and a rare bottle of alcohol. Speculative alcoholic labor extended to shops and restaurants, and on the individual entrepreneur. The history of "separate class" goes back to the beginning of the twentieth century: "the apartment of individual inhabitants, as well as to the owners of grocery shops and restaurants began to walk commissioners with a proposal to buy wine" out of customs, now, did not manage to buy back home. " In the 80 years we have been actively engaged in the sale of alcohol taxi drivers. Alcohol stored in the camera storage depots, customers could only find the coveted cipher paying money speculator-shoferyuge. Sometimes bottles were busy with themselves. Gesture with a raised thumb and little finger bulging - one of those times.
Experience from previous "dry" law teaches. Nowadays, not alcohol limit, and time. Our fellow citizens have not yet driven the home of vodka, and swallow solvents is not necessary. Enough liquid saving reserved beforehand to twenty-two in the evening. But any ban you always want to violate, any restriction causes a living confusion. From ten in the evening of the shops dealt disgruntled voice not had time - latecomers. The measure of a relatively young, we learned how to get it? Learned, we draw experience from tradition. Alcohol after 22:00 can be found in the "friends" at a friend's stores sellers, it is worth learning how to build a relationship of trust. And even better - to stop drinking and to enroll in ballet and ceramics.