<p>From the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Rock to the rise of the pandemic “quarantini,” alcohol has been a foundation of American society and culture. <em>The Atlantic</em>'s Kate Julian explores how this tool for cohesion and cooperation eventually became a means of coping, and what history can teach us about improving our drinking habits. </p>
<p>This conversation originally ran on the podcast <a href="https://www.vox.com/today-explainedhttps://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/VMP5705694065?selected=VMP9661613107"><em>Today, Explained</em></a>, hosted by Sean Rameswaram. </p>
<p><em>Further reading: </em><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/america-drinking-alone-problem/619017/">America Has a Drinking Problem</a></p>

<p>Be part of <em>The Experiment</em>. Use the hashtag #TheExperimentPodcast, or write to us at <a href="mailto:theexperiment@theatlantic.com">theexperiment@theatlantic.com</a>.</p>

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America Has a Drinking Problem

JUL 8, 202126 MIN
The Experiment

America Has a Drinking Problem

JUL 8, 202126 MIN

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From the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Rock to the rise of the pandemic “quarantini,” alcohol has been a foundation of American society and culture. The Atlantic's Kate Julian explores how this tool for cohesion and cooperation eventually became a means of coping, and what history can teach us about improving our drinking habits. 

This conversation originally ran on the podcast Today, Explained, hosted by Sean Rameswaram. 

Further reading: America Has a Drinking Problem

Be part of The Experiment. Use the hashtag #TheExperimentPodcast, or write to us at [email protected].