This Essay Is about Drinking and Industrial Work Discipline
Emerging from the pre-industrial era, alcohol was very much a part of workers' lives both at work and at home. Alcohol was a thirst quencher, a dietary supplement and a stimulant. Alcohol also played a social role in that it helped form bonds among men. At first employers encouraged the use of alcohol, but later during the Industrial Revolution their views began to change. Employers felt that the use of alcohol was a problem; it created an obstacle to industrial work and discipline. Alcohol in their eyes was conducive to absenteeism, accidents, inefficiency, and insubordination. The reasons for the changes in the workplace are discussed below.
Pre-industrial Europe allowed drinking on the job. The pace of work varied according to life's other plans. Discussion, drink, and song were all part of the workday. The use of alcohol as a stimulant, and thirst quencher, and for social exchanges was prevalent during this time. When an apprentice or journeyman made progress in his profession, all workers enjoyed an informal break where alcohol was served to celebrate. …
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