Sobriety Flopped? Beer and Civilization, Brewed Together
|January 2, 2014||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
Beer and civilization: cause and consequence?
This 2013 excerpt of Business Insider, Dec 26, is by Dina Spector.
What led early humans to begin cultivating grain some 10,000 years ago?
It was beer — not bread — a growing body of research shows.
People didn’t just enjoy the altered state of awareness that came from drinking beer, it was also nutritionally superior to every food in their diet other than animal proteins.
Beer was safer to drink than water, because the fermentation process killed pathogenic microorganisms.
Ed. Notes: It’s still true that alcohol plays a huge role in setting the course of society, from lobbying functions to grassroots community building. Which does not mean overdo it, sobriety clearly has its role, too. It just means that the individuals who throw one back together take steps forward together.