A Brief History of Alcohol

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Alcohol has been a part of history as long there have been civilizations and humans have been congregating. Most historians agree that the discovery of alcohol was an accident where a fruit may have rotted then fermented on the inside and an unsuspecting person ate said fruit and got drunk off of it. Another idea was when early humans were gatherers they would store whatever was not eaten right away and when hard times befell them they ate from the stores of food which may have included rotten food, including fermented whatever.

Whatever its origins, it has been an integral part of human civilizations. Ancient Egyptian had many gods and some were localized to regions or families however Osiris, the god of wine, was accepted and worshiped by the whole culture. In Ancient Greece wine was considered the drink of the gods. Even in prehistory China it was used during important social events and ceremonies, like taking an oath and even funeral and birth practices.

Fast Forward to early America. Almost every town had a brewery or distillery of some sort, even some laws stated that you had to have one of these to even be considered a city. However a time went on they found that some people had stated abusing the substance and had stop paying attention to their responsibilities, this led to some of the first laws involving public drunkenness. A Puritan minister named Increase Mather once said “Drink is in itself a good creature of God, and to be received with thankfulness, but the abuse of drink is from Satan”.

Alcohol has played in integral role with humans just as humans have played an integral role with dogs.  However we must be careful because too much of anything is a bad thing.

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