Friday, July 11, 2008


Our Ancestors Were Raging Alcoholics

CHICHESTER, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Our ancestors were raging drunks, and did some wild things.

In his book Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol (Gotham Books), Iain Gately chronicles the buzz – and hangover – alcohol has caused since 6,000 BC.

He says, “People used to drink a prodigious amount of booze in the past, like eight pints a day. It’s interesting to think of people in the Middle Ages staggering around like Bill and Ted.

According to Gately, people blaming alcohol for bad behavior isn’t a new phenomenon, since wasted ancient Greeks often blamed their drunkenness on God for “possessing them, making them go berserk and kill people.”

Though many nasty and naughty things have and will continue to happen as a result of people getting tanked, Gately says alcohol will never go away.

He explains, “Many cultures have tried to ban alcohol and failed, like the U.S. with Prohibition. It will always be there, for better or for worse.”

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