I have drank a few times in my youth, but in no way condone it. However, whiskey has played a big part in America. There was a time when corn whiskey was one of America's largest exports. The farmer's not only got more money by turning their corn crops into whiskey, but they didn't have to worry about it spoiling on them. As for no Scots or Irish in Georgia, there's a huge number of Irish and Scott Americans there, and the old countrie's traditions do not die so easily.
When I was younger, I would often see the adult men gathering together to share a swig, and many folks had a jug of home brew stashed away somewhere. There wasn't much for enterainment back then, and whiskey was one of the things that brought people together for socializing. They would get a bit tipsy and pretend that there was more to life for a while, than what their hard and meager life truly offered.
Today we complain about 300 channels on TV and nothings on, but back then if you were lucky enough to have a TV, you most likely only had one channel to watch. Of course there were no video games or internet, so people had to find intertainment in any way they could. Todays bar scene is altogether a different experience.
I believe that George Washington was the largest producer of whiskey for a single individual.
Again, by no means do I condone it. When I was a teenager I became very ill from drinking moonshine. Some people would use car radiators for the cooling coils on the still, and people would end up getting lead poisoning from it. I don't know if that is what happened to me, or not.