There are several possible stories about the origin of the phrase ‘Mother’s Ruin’. Here are some of the most interesting…
In the 1600’s William of Orange took the throne. His reign was full of political unrest between England and France. To reduce the amount of French Brandy we were importing, the King brought out new legislation which enabled anyone to distil and sell Gin…
Although this sounds great it caused a lot of problems! Some of these lead to Gin becoming known as ‘Mother’s Ruin’, here are some of the most interesting stories…
- Gin was used by some of the lower classes as a contraceptive (DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME).
- A lot of impoverished women would drink cheap Gin to forget their troubles, this lead to child neglect.
- A recommended ‘cure’ for pregnancy was a pint of Gin and a very hot bath. (Again, please don’t try this at home).
- A combination of poor quality, affordable Gin and crazy consumption lead to men becoming impotent and women becoming sterile. Records state that the average Londoner drank 10 gallons a year! At one stage the birth rate even dropped below the death rate!
- As Gin had medicinal origins women found they were able to drink side by side with men for the first time. Over zealous consumption lead to poor decision making, especially in the company of soldiers.
Gin has seen a turn around in its fortunes! Today it is a drink to be savoured and enjoyed. Access to botanical’s from around the world as well as huge advancements in the industry mean Gin has come on leaps in bounds.
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