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Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of those powerful potables and makes the wonderful argument that a few societies have entered "post-alcohol" levels. His is the 1st booklet to ascertain and clarify the meanings and results of alcohol in such intensity, from international and long term views.
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In some of these areas, alcohol has had a discontinuous history because of the Islamic prohibition of alcohol in the seventh century and the alcohol policies enacted by successive Muslim administrations. At the present time, for example, alcohol consumption is forbidden in Iran and by citizens in Saudi Arabia (some allowance is made for foreigners), while Turkey has a significant wine industry. 30 The earliest western Asian evidence of alcohol dates from 5400 to 5000 BC (about 7,000 years ago) in Hajji Firuz, a community in the Zagros Mountains, which run along the frontier between modern Iraq and Iran.
The Scythians were perhaps the worst of the lot, for they not only drank wine and beer undiluted but also drank mead and fermented milk and used cannabis and other plants that seemed to have psychoactive ingredients. 13 Moreover, belligerence and excessive drinking, which Greek writers thought resulted from living in cool climates, could be a toxic combination, and the Macedonian leaders Alexander the Great and his father, Philip II, made excellent examples. Philip was said to drink like a sponge and become intoxicated every day, including days when he led his troops into battle.
Bread might have been baked in private homes, but the first public bakeries were set up between 171 and 168 BC. 19 The shift from a wet food (puls) to a dry one (bread) required liquid to wash it down, and wine was the chosen beverage. Swelling from about 100,000 inhabitants in 300 BC to more than a million only three centuries later, Rome demonstrated an impressive thirst for wine, especially for cheap wine that the masses could afford. 8 million hectoliters of wine a year, almost half a liter of wine a day for every man, woman, and child in the city.