I perceive many here voicing an incredulity about the total abstention position taken by the many of Fundamentalist in the early parts of the 20th century and still voiced by "the old school" fundamentalists today.
I've gleaned these thoughts from the History Channel's various programs on the liquor industry.
- Before prohibition, many of the saloons were owned by the various breweries. Think of the English model of pub ownership.
- In many jurisdictions, there was no minimum age for the purchase of alcohol.
To the above add the minimal protection given under the law to abused wives and children. A man would be with in the law to drink his pay packet away before he made it home.
From what I have observed over the years, the liquor industry and culture Sunday, Jones, et al. faced bares little resemblance to the same industry we face today. If we were to look for a modern parallel, the modern equivalent might be the hard drug market. It was in this milieu the evangelists of old thundered forth against liquor for close to a hundred years and continued on after the repeal of Prohibition.