Australia has a history of liking alcohol a bit too much. Records from 1861 in Queensland tell us there was one pub for approximately every 39 people. (The population was mostly male). Alcohol sales were an extremely profitable business especially with popular drinks like Smokey Rum, White Lightning and Tarantula Juice.
Smokey Rum was a particularly nasty drink that left the men acting like dangerous lunatics, yelling, screaming and kicking the life out of the next bloke who was probably doing the same thing along with a hundred others in the pub. Seeing the horrendous scene, the police were generally helpless do stop it.
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Smokey Rum was a combination of rum and colonial tobacco fermented together. It was so strong that it was risky to even inhale the brew.
Tarantula Juice, on the other hand, brought you to a near death experience, driving some insane.
While alcohol helped build Australia in the beginning, it’s also responsible for the early deaths of far too many hard working men and women. Today we understand the serious risks involved in our choices.