Drink by Iain Gately

I just started reading Iain Gately’s brick of a book called Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol. It covers everything from the discovery of alcohol to “becoming expansive” to the dangers of alcohol abuse.

There are some great little tidbits as well, like the fact that a lot of Egyptian pyramid builders were paid in beer, and that they had this proverb: “The mouth of a perfectly contended man is filled with beer.”

Fantastic.

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One thought on “Drink by Iain Gately

  1. How was alcohol discovered?
    I think expansive is one of the best adjectives for the experience of alcohol. It’s funny that it’s so close to explosive. And expensive. And pensive. And pants.

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