A Short History of Drunkenness
A Short History of Drunkenness
How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present
Mark Forsyth



Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.

Making stops all over the world, A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Sumerians got sauced, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.

This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

Title A Short History of Drunkenness
Subtitle How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present
Author Mark Forsyth
Publisher Three Rivers Press
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0525575375
ISBN-13 9780525575375
Publication Date 18 May 2018
Weight 32 oz.
 


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