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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 yAlmost 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.A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, 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 Romans got rat-arsed, 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....

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ISBN : 9780241297681
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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A Short History of Drunkenness Reviews

  • Paul O'Neill
    2018-09-22 13:28

    Great book. Now to get as drunk as 400 rabbits!!

  • Rhiannon
    2018-10-17 14:21

    A fitting sequel to the drinking chapter of the Horologicon. With the authors distinctive rambling style filled with interestingly related side tracks.

  • Andrew Fish
    2018-10-09 18:21

    Alcohol has been part of the human experience since earliest times. Whether passing out from beer in an Egyptian temple or drinking champagne from a shoe in a flapper set party, societies in all eras have had their strange rituals to celebrate our relationship with fermentation.Mark Forsyth has researched everything from the alcohol in the animal kingdom to America’s dalliance with prohibition, each chapter encompassing a different culture or different era. So we learn how a royal idea to prevent famine ultimately led to deaths from the gin craze or how prohibition was not actually an attempt to stamp out drinking. Throughout, Forsyth writes with his trademark wit and eloquence, providing a book which is light and fun to read and will sit well with anyone who has enjoyed his previous books.Every time there’s a new Mark Forsyth book you find yourself wondering what he could possibly do next. Yet again, however, he has managed to provide a great stocking filler. Recommended for anyone who appreciates a tipple, and whether you take it in small doses or down it at a sitting, it won’t leave you with a sore head.

  • Ali Miremadi
    2018-10-11 18:10

    Interesting, witty, funny, even profound towards the end. Lots of great stuff. For me the histories of the English pub, rum in Australia, Prohibition in the States and Russian boozing were the highlights.

  • Amelia
    2018-10-23 18:21

    3,5Underhållande, lättbegripligt och överskådligt. Personligen tycker jag dock att det är svårt att motivera ett högre betyg för denna typ av böcker pga att deras lättillgängliga karaktär. Det betyder dock inte att jag tycker att den är dålig, för sin genre är den bra och läsvärd!

  • Ceremony
    2018-09-25 11:25

    very amusing one - took me a bit longer than expected because it was like a good snack on a bar between downing some pints ;) 😬🍺

  • Pihla
    2018-09-29 19:12

    A jolly nice little read.

  • Tanya
    2018-09-30 17:16

    Fascinating and fun! Mark Forsyth puts together a good historical yarn.

  • Annie
    2018-10-05 13:15

    an entertaining and selective trip through humanity's obsession with being drunk - a different story to that of alcohol.

  • Kristian
    2018-10-13 19:12

    A reflection that human's throughout history have wanted to and enjoyed getting wasted independent of geographical location and culture

  • Claire Mosley
    2018-10-18 17:59

    A fun, quick read that was enlightening (the bit about Russian government and vodka was particularly interesting/funny). Would recommend reading this with a nice crisp beer

  • Alysa H.
    2018-10-06 15:07

    ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **(May 2018 Three Rivers Press edition)