Advertisement for Bottled Beer at Anderson's Stores
Medium: Print on paper
During the 19th century in England and Wales (though not Ireland or Scotland) beer was the national drink and was consumed by all members of society although in much larger quantities by the working classes. Beer was easily available from the public houses and beer shops and was very cheap making it attractive to working men. Water supplies were very unreliable at this time and so it was safer and healthier to drink alcohol. Brewers promoted the nutritious value of drinking beer and certain Stouts and ales were even prescribed by doctors to encourage strength and wellbeing.