Dead Drunk

18 February 1720   Last week a sailor died at a publick house in Spittle Fields, by excessive drinking of Geneva [i.e. gin]; he came into the house sober, and to all appearance, in good health, and was dead in two hours; in which time he gulph’d down about two quarts of that liquour. (London Journal)

6 May 1721   On Sunday evening a poor man that us'd to beg at Lincoln's-Inn-Gate, having in a little time drank six quarterns of geneva at the Sugar-Loaf in Portugal-Street, over-against the said Gate, fell down dead at the door. (Applebee’s Original Weekly Journal)

18 January 1735   On Monday night last a woman was found drunk in Tyburn Road by some of the Watchmen of St. James’s parish, who instead of taking the care they ought to have done of her, dragg’d her into St. Anne’s parish and left her, where she was found dead on Tuesday morning; and on Wednesday night the Cornoer’s Jury brought in their verdict Excessive Drinking: It is thought this affair will cause a dispute at law between the two parishes. (The Weekly Oracle: or, Universal Library)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Dead Drunk", 1 January 2006 <>

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