America had a long history of functioning alcholism, starting with one of our most infamous forefathers, President George Washington. Back in the day, Washington made the most whisky in the country. When Prohibition came around, it messed up the steady buzzes of the repressed Victorians and fueled rebellion amongst the most hedonistic of flappers.
Only recently have craft distilleries come back into the forefront of American drinking culture. Because if there's one thing we've learned as Americans, it's that we like to have choices.