When you studied the Prohibition Era in American history class, you most likely heard the term “moonshine.” In fact, for many of us, school was one of the first places we learned about this dangerous home-made alcoholic beverage. During this chaotic time of our country’s history, moonshine was known as the secretive Appalachian backwoods liquor, and, as shocking as this may sound, this drink is now 100% legal. In fact, the first moonshine distillery opened in Tennessee in 2010. Although “white lightning” (as its blatantly called) is sold across the country, millions of illegal distilleries are still operating across the United States, according to researchers’ speculations. Whether it is brewed in a distillery or a bathtub, moonshine is still a noxious, toxic, and potentially life-threatening beverage when compared to other alcoholic drinks. Let’s take a closer look and find out why.
The Recipe for Moonshine
Also called “hooch” or “homebrew,” moonshine is constructed through the fermentation of sugars to produce ethanol. Dating to the oldest tradition, this drink is made from a mashed mixture of corn and sugar, which is ultimately distilled to separate the alcoholic byproduct. The major feature that separates it from other forms of hard liquor is that moonshine is not aged. As a result, this beverage contains alcoholic content that is stronger than 50% (100 proof) whiskey (for example, white whiskey).
So, why is it called “moonshine”? According to Dr. Jason Sumich (Department of Anthropology at the Appalachian State University), people used to make this drink at night. Literally, it was made beneath the moonlight.
What Is the Danger?
The main reason moonshine is a hazardous drink is that it is constructed in makeshift distilleries (sometimes with the help of spare car parts, in the case of illegal batches). First of all, the process of brewing the drink is extremely dangerous, due to the fact that flammable vapors are exuded by the sugary mixture. However, more victims have died after consuming this drink than dying in a distillery explosion. Since many illegal distilleries contain old car parts, people can ingest antifreeze, lead soldering, and other toxic chemicals. On the other hand, methanol (a primary byproduct of this drink) can cause blindness and eventual death.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are dangerous mental illnesses that can potentially destroy your social life and your actual life. However, even the most hardcore alcohol users will tell you to stay away from dangerous substances like moonshine. Intoxicating drinks are not your friend or a viable coping method, and you can always find a better option to clean up your life. Are you suffering from a severe case of alcohol use disorder? Is one of your family members or a friend suffering from this problem, as well? In both cases, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. The time to take back control of your life is now.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.