Stage 1: Just drunk enough to want to dress like this.

The name "Australia" doesn't exactly conjure up an image of a nation full of people opposed to alcohol, but that upside-down crazy land went through a big temperance phase in the 1860s. That's what led anti-alcohol campaigners to hire photographer Charles Pickering to create this photo series, "The Five Stages of Inebriation," for educational purposes, which have resurfaced 150 years later on Retronaut. The Land Down Under also passed a law in 1866 called the "Drunkards Punishment Bill" which basically made it a crime to leave your house if you'd had anything to drink, with officers allowed to arrest anyone on suspicion of drunkenness.

Fortunately, they had these images on hand to help them spot the elusive "drunk" and apprehend him.


Stage 2: "I have some political conspiracy theories I would like to discuss with you."



Stage 3: "I think that kangaroo wants to fight."



Stage 4: "You win this time, kangaroo!"



Stage 5: "What, you're arresting me? What about that kangaroo who's assaulting everyone?"

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(by Johnny McNulty)

Sources: Retronaut