As Spanish flu seeped deep into the United States of America, people restored to their old school remedy; whiskey. It was recommended in small quantities and was said to have medicinal benefits. Doctors, nurses and frontline workers regularly used whiskey to safeguard themselves from influenza. Some physicians believed whiskey helped stimulate the heart and respiratory system that are weakened by illness, while others thought that its sedating effect brought some comfort to the patients.
Since there were no antibiotics available in 1918, a range of treatments from aspirin and strychnine to Horlicks, Vicks Vaporub and whiskey were used to treat patients.