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By Rod Phillips

even if as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a continuing and infrequently arguable position in social existence. In his leading edge booklet at the attitudes towards and intake of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and financial historical past, uncovering the tensions among alcoholic beverages as fit staples of day-by-day diets and as gadgets of social, political, and spiritual nervousness. within the city facilities of Europe and the US, the place it used to be noticeable as more healthy than untreated water, alcohol won a foothold because the drink of selection, however it has been extra regulated through governmental and spiritual professionals greater than the other commodity. As a possible resource of social disruption, alcohol created risky limitations of appropriate and unacceptable intake and broke via boundaries of sophistication, race, and gender.

Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of those effective potables and makes the dazzling argument that a few societies have entered "post-alcohol" levels. His is the 1st publication to envision and clarify the meanings and results of alcohol in such intensity, from worldwide and long term perspectives.

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