Lithium, an alkali metal used in batteries, is also used to treat mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder.
Lithium was already being used to treat mania as early as 1870. For some reason, people stopped using as medicine until it was rediscovered in 1949 and used as a tranquilizer for people with certain types of mental illness.
Many soft drink companies used lithium salts or lithia waters (mineral water with high amounts of lithium) in their products before. A company called the West Bend Lithia Company even produced Lithia light beer. These companies stopped producing lithium-based drinks after a ban was declared in 1948.
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