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date: 20 October 2019

Alcoholic Beverages 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
Author(s):
David ChristianDavid CHRISTIAN

It is probable that all human communities have used mind-altering substances in their rituals of hospitality and spiritual practices. Alcohol has for millennia been the preferred mind-altering substance of the Mediterranean world and Europe. In recent times its use has spread around the globe. Modern states find themselves torn between encouraging the use of alcohol to earn large tax revenues, and banning use due to medical and social problems caused by alcohol abuse. ...

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