I always see coyboys in the movies come into the saloon, slam down a big shot of whiskey, pay up, and go about their business. Now I'm not a lush, but neither am I a teetotaler. The whiskey could not have been the finest aged swill made; yet, they never chased the drink down with water or anything. That rotgut stuff must have burned all the way down; and it could not have cooled them off or do a very good job of washing dust out of their mouths. I know they had beer, but rarely do your see those hot coyboys drinking it. I'm sure they had root cellars to keep things like beer cool.
And why, in the middle of the day, take the one shot anyway? It couldn't have done much except maybe kill any intestinal worms. Am I missing something?