When did people stop being drunk all the time?

The author presents historical data on alcohol consumption, specifically focusing on beer and wine. They highlight that people in the past consumed a much larger quantity of alcohol compared to modern times. The author suggests that historical consumption may be underestimated and provides examples of high consumption rates in specific cities. They also mention the social implications of excessive alcohol consumption, such as drunkenness leading to accidents and legal prosecutions. The author notes that a shift towards lower beer consumption occurred during the British industrial revolution. They speculate about the potential differences in alcohol-related problems between wine-drinking and beer-drinking regions.


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