The gin craze: War, tyranny, class, and the dark history of England's love affair with gin. (Video.)

The Sinister History of How England Fell in Love With Gin (Video)

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Sept. 5 2014 11:03 AM

The Great English Gin Bender

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Gin and England go together like, well, gin and tonic. But how did a Dutch beverage become the national drink of England? To learn more, watch this animated history of England's great Gin Craze, which explains why London went on an epic five-decade gin bender back in the 18th century.

Chris Wade is a producer for Slate Video and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

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