Lead: In the first half of the eighteenth century Samuel Johnson’s London, in fact, all of England, found itself in the grip of a significant increase in alcoholic consumption. It was the “Gin Craze.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By the end of the 1600s century, gin, affordable, potent and popular, was being imported into London from the Netherlands. The Dutch called the grain spirit, which was flavored with Juniper Berries – “Genever” (from the French word genévrier). The British corruption of the word was “gin.”

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