The History Of AlcoholThroughout history alcohol has been something of a double-edged sword, reviled and revered in equal measure
Alcohol was almost certainly discovered by chance. Maybe rotting and fermenting fruit was eaten by ancient man, perhaps some honey turned 'bad'. Who knows?
What we do know is that beer mugs have been found that date back to Neolithic times. That is 10,000 BC. That is a long time ago. The Stone Age to be precise.
A quote on the history of alcohol and its legacy:
"...alcohol has existed longer than all human memory. It has outlived generations, nations, epochs and ages. It is a part of us, and that is fortunate indeed. For although alcohol will always be the master of some, for most of us it will continue to be the servant of man."
Morris Chaftez, Founding director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
From the moment of its discovery to the present day, alcohol has played a major role in many cultures and been of great benefit.........
Alcohol History and Religion
Remember the story of Jesus turning water into wine. Although the Christian church frowns on excessive drinking, drinking in moderation plays a major role in Christian worship.
It is thought that Mohamed forbade his followers to drink alcohol so that they could be distinguished from other religion's followers.
In Holy Communion red wine represents the blood of Christ.
In Ancient Egypt, Osiris (the god of wine) was the only God worshiped throughout the empire. Alcohol was left in tombs- to be used in the after life.
Moses planted a vineyard on Mt. Ararat (Genesis 9:20).
The History of Alcohol and Medicine
It was and is used as a painkiller (analgesic). Ever seen one of those films where an amputation is carried out and the only anesthetic is a swig from a whiskey bottle?
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)