In the 1800s, Drinking Too Much Tea Could Get a Woman Sent to an Insane Asylum

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/80696/19th-century-drinking-too-much-tea-could-get-you-sent-asylum

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

If you were a woman in the 19th century, virtually anything could get you committed to an insane asylum—including drinking too much tea. NHS Grampian Archives, which covers the region around Scotland’s Grampian mountains, dug up an admissions record from the Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum while looking into the institution’s annual reports from the 1840s. The table contains data on causes of admissions categorized by sex. In addition to those admitted to the asylum for “prolonged nursing,” “poverty,” or “disappointment in love” (one man and one woman admitted for that one!), one woman arrived at the asylum only to have her issues blamed on “sedentary life—abuse of tea.”