A Short History of Drunkenness
by Mark Forsyth
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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By the author of The Sunday Times’ n1 best-seller of The EtymologiconAbout every culture on earth to drink, and where there is drinking there is drunkenness.But in every age and place where drunkenness is a little different,It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants.It can be an offering to ancestors, or a way to mark the end of a day’s work.He can send you to sleep, or he can send you into battle.A Brief History of the Drunkenness of the traces of humanity from the love story with alcohol from our primate ancestors through the Prohibition, to answer all possible questions along the way: What do people have of alcoholHow muchWho didn’t drinkOf the many possible reasons whyOn the way, learn more about the Neolithic, the Shamans, who drank to communicate with the world of spirits (no pun intended), marvel at the way the Greeks are caught in vertigo and Romans had a rat stuck, and discover how the bars in the Wild West were never quite as in the movies.It’s a story of the world at its best inebriated state.
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