During 1625 Governor Yeardley suppressed drunkenness by severe punishments but by March of 1634 the church wardens in every parish were ordered to present all persons guilty of drunkenness to the commander of his plantation. In 1632 the penalty of the English Law was imposed. The offender was required to pay five shillings into the hands of the nearest vestry and this fine could be made good by a levy on his property. Source: Hening's Statutes, vol. I, pp. 126,193,433.
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