Punch Drunk Asshole –
May 9, 2018 – As one of his accusers recalls in the piece, Mr. Schneiderman “would almost always drink two bottles of wine in a night, then bring a bottle of Scotch into the bedroom. He would get absolutely plastered five nights out of seven.” On one occasion, she continues, “he literally fell on his face in my kitchen, straight down, like a tree falling.” His attacks would follow. The connection between alcohol and domestic violence is hardly speculative. Women who advocated for temperance in the 19th century did so, in part, because they’d had enough of seeing men come home from saloons and take fists to their wives.
Alcoholism was so rampant among the well-off that a bogus treatment known as the Keeley Cure, which promised to extinguish the desire to drink, gained popularity in the 1890s. (“Does Your Husband Drink?” a 19th-century newspaper ad for the treatment inquired. “Yes, we know the uncertainty, the broken promises, the dissipated fortune, the disgrace and the heartache. You have suffered only what a drinking man’s wife can suffer.”)