Alcohol: A History by Rod Phillips

By Rod Phillips

even if as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a relentless and infrequently arguable position in social lifestyles. In his leading edge e-book at the attitudes towards and intake of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and fiscal background, uncovering the tensions among alcoholic beverages as fit staples of day-by-day diets and as gadgets of social, political, and spiritual anxiousness. within the city facilities of Europe and the USA, the place it used to be noticeable as more healthy than untreated water, alcohol received a foothold because the drink of selection, however it has been extra regulated by way of governmental and spiritual gurus greater than the other commodity. As a possible resource of social disruption, alcohol created risky barriers of applicable and unacceptable intake and broke via obstacles of sophistication, race, and gender.

Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of those effective potables and makes the striking argument that a few societies have entered "post-alcohol" levels. His is the 1st ebook to envision and clarify the meanings and results of alcohol in such intensity, from worldwide and long term perspectives.

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Alcohol: A History

Even if as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a relentless and sometimes arguable position in social lifestyles. In his cutting edge ebook at the attitudes towards and intake of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and monetary background, uncovering the tensions among alcoholic beverages as fit staples of day-by-day diets and as items of social, political, and non secular anxiousness.

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