Cologne Drunkards

In the late nineteenth century, a brief moral panic emerged about the alleged existence of "cologne drunkards" — society women who inebriated themselves by means of sugar cubes soaked in cologne.

Seems like an expensive way to consume alcohol, but I guess it's plausible that some women really did this.

Good Health magazine - Apr 1885

Philadelphia Times - Feb 7, 1893

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 23, 2023
     Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Nineteenth Century | Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

That reminds me of "Mon Papa", a comic book about a child and his drunkard dad. One page told the story of how Dad came to drinking Mom's cologne. Seeing the squalor of Dad's apartment, it must have been dollar-store cologne, which explains how people could afford to drink this stuff, especially if they stole it first.
Posted by Yudith on 01/28/23 at 07:47 AM
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