From the August 1969 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Necessities" of Existence

Alcoholic beverages have been known to almost all people from before the dawn of history. The discovery of late Stone Age beer jugs has established the fact that some use of fermented beverages existed in the Neolithic period. Records of ancient civilizations refer to the use of alcoholic beverages. The origin of these "necessities" of existence was ascribed to the gods.

The Egyptians attributed to Osiris the cultivation of the vine and the manufacture of the wine, as well as the manufacture of a type of beer from grain. In fact, barley beer and not wine is probably the oldest drink in the world. To the Greeks and Romans, the giving of it was one of the beneficent acts of Bacchus. Hebrew tradition ascribed to Noah both viniculture and the discovery of how to manufacture wine. Noah is also said to have indulged too freely in this beverage.

-- Andrew Pozanski

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