A versatile whiskey
The whiskey had obvious recreational utility, as it was consumed in saloons of the Old West. It is quite possible that this alcoholic drink helped save a lot of lives during this time. It was not only tasty, but it also disinfected wounds and slightly sedated sick patients who came to a doctor with a gunshot or stab wound, allowing the doctor to treat the wound by stitching or burning. Yes, these were truly trying times, and Whiskey helped alleviate the pain both literally and metaphorically. Whiskey has become a popular drink over the centuries and is still consumed today.
But this spirit has proven to be incredibly versatile. One useful role it played was as a disinfectant. Yes, if nothing else was at hand, surgeons would sterilize their instruments with pure whiskey. Despite all the disgusting habits we know now, it seems the American West had its own version of the hydroalcoholic gel. Additionally, the alcohol content was much higher than it is today; percentages of 50 to 60% alcohol were considered normal, and men could tolerate it. While this is not ideal for your liver, men in the Old West did have a good time with their friends, which was priceless. It was wonderful to unwind in a bar after a hot day.