Alcohol: A History by Rod Phillips

By Rod Phillips

even if as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a relentless and sometimes arguable function in social existence. In his leading edge ebook 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 items of social, political, and spiritual nervousness. within the city facilities of Europe and the US, the place it was once noticeable as more healthy than untreated water, alcohol received a foothold because the drink of selection, however it has been extra regulated via governmental and non secular experts greater than the other commodity. As a possible resource of social disruption, alcohol created unstable obstacles of applicable and unacceptable intake and broke via limitations of sophistication, race, and gender.

Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of those powerful potables and makes the dazzling 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 international and long term perspectives.

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