Whiskey Was Used As A Disinfectant, If Nothing Else Was At Hand


These widespread practices in the Wild West show how wild the times really were

By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1408 GMT (2208 HKT) September 29, 2021

A versatile whiskey

The whiskey had obvious recreational utility, as it was consumed in saloons of the Old West.

But this spirit has proven to be incredibly versatile. One useful role he played was as a disinfectant, you see. Yes, if nothing else was at hand, surgeons would sterilize their instruments with pure whiskey. Despite all the disgusting habits we know now, it seems the American West had its own version of the hydroalcoholic gel.