For breakfast the typical ration for a Continental soldier included a half gill of rum. On days when battle was expected this ration was often raised to a full gill. A gill is about a teacup-full.
The battle ration was the equivalent of at least 4.5 alcoholic drinks. It is more than is recommended be consumed in a day (nowadays).
The typical soldier on drinking the battle ration would probably have a BAC of at least .08 if not .11 or higher by the time the battle rolled around.
While 4.5 drinks for breakfast sounds like a lot of alcohol, and it is, it has been estimated that the average adult American male drank 12 gills of rum per week during the Revolutionary War era.
Rum is made from molasses and molasses is made from sugar. A tax on sugar was one of the triggers that pushed the colonies towards independence. The sugar crop used slave labor and the ongoing dispute over slavery ultimately led to the Civil War. (Although most sugar was grown outside of the U.S. in the Caribbean, and by the time of the Civil War, whiskey was a more popular drink than rum)
The American Temperance Society was formed in 1826 and soon had over 1 million members. (U.S. population around 13 million in 1830).
ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S QUESTION
Rhode Island was the last state of the original 13 colonies to ratify the Constitution.
The taxation of what product (after the sugar tax) led to widespread protests and further pushed the colonies towards independence?