Advert for the South London Distillery Company
Medium: Print on paper
Over the course of the 19th century, beer became the national drink of England and Wales. It was consumed by all strata of society, although in much larger quantities by the working classes. Cheap to make, it was easily available in public houses and beer shops. It was also safer to drink in many areas than water. As a result, brewers promoted the nutritious value of drinking beer, and certain stouts and ales (most famously Guinness) were even prescribed by doctors to encourage strength and wellbeing.