A History of Alcohol...

Here's an article/review on the latest social history of something that has become so woven into the fabric of society - most societies. I found it interesting because I became tee-total over eight years ago and am always intrigued in the way in which alcohol can be held up as this magical nepenthe - for many social drinkers it is a little relaxant, or something which makes them a little more... well, fluid. It oils small talk with strangers and aids many a business deal and is the foundation of many a celebration. Yet I don't know many people who actually drink socially, I mean, they'll have one glass of wine or one G&T and leave it at that. That one glass of wine has become for many, after work especially, the bottle or even the box. But here it is - a social history of hooch, grog, booze...

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