Rachel DeLong Since the beginning of human development, humans have always tried anything they could to get that high - that buzz that makes them feel so some sort of way. The American dictionary describes drugs “as a medicine or other substance which has physiological effect wheningested or otherwise introduced to the body.” 1That being said, alcohol, coffee, tea, opium, morphine, cocaine, and marijuana are all considered drugs.Substance abuse has a long history, especially alcohol. People have been experimenting with making alcohol before bread was even invented. From the Renaissance to the 18th century drinking alcohol has changed dramatically. During the Renaissance, drinking was considering nutritious.2Drinking beer and wine was done by everyone, from children to adults, but only in moderation as becoming overly drunk was considered bad and devilish. In the 16th century employers started paying their workers with alcohol. In England, they would drink about 17 pintsof beer and ale a week, because most of the English were paid with alcohol. It was very commonfor the average person to leave work for the day with a pint of beer and some cash. English sailors commonly received rations of about a gallon of beer per day. By 1651, drinking began to become a widespread problem as more and more people became alcoholics. Hard liquor started becoming more popular, which only furthered the issue of alcoholism among the general population. In 1685 consumption of Gin was slightly more than one half million gallons per year in England. 3By 1714 Gin production stood at two million gallons a year, and by 1727 official 1 Google Drugs. (n.d.). Retrieved February 22, 2016, from ?