Was alcohol a big problem in the Eighteenth Century?

The main characters in Highwaypersons seem to drink a lot of wine, sherry, port, brandy, whisky and ale.  In short every drink containing alcohol, whenever available.  So do most of the other characters.  Was this a period of a great deal of drunkenness?  How typical...

Our Postal Service – Ahead of Its Time?

In Highwaypersons, characters send and receive letters between London and Cardiff and between Cardiff and Cardigan.  When he read this, someone asked whether or not this was an anachronism.  Surely, there was no national postal service in the early Eighteenth Century?...