History of Alcohol

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Alcohol: Past, Present, and Future

Karl Ballenger

Mrs. Hines

Communication Arts 200 period 7

February 20, 2007

The beginning of Alcohol

While no one knows when alcohol was first used as a beverage (or even created) we do know that it has been used for over ten thousand years. Archeologists to this day are discovering old beer mug containers from the B.C period. Some other archeologist and a few scientists believe it was created in an experimental accident. Like most failed experiments alcohol was soon to be one of the most popular drinks in America. Not only was it going to impact America it impacted the whole world. Everyone would you alcohol in many different ways medicinal purposes, in South America and in the Middle East. They would use it for celebrations any type of celebration and it would be used in sacrifices or offering rituals too. As alcohol caught on people realized what a problem it could be. Everyday people would use alcohol as an everyday beverage not knowing what the affect could be or do; it wasn’t long until everyone was catching on to the harmful effects of the alcohol. Soon after Americans and people all over the world soon were able to control alcohol not before alcohol had gone through prohibition and much other banishment in countries and cultures. Alcohol is considered a drug though some people may not agree we all that once you had too much alcohol you’re not yourself. Although Americans were no always getting to the point where they were unconscious and becoming “drunk”, there was a lot tolerance for the type of people who would drink alcohol everyday they just knew how to control their selves.

Alcohol in Early America

Alcohol in early America was highly accepted, everyone would have their fair share of drinks. Alcohol can be easily found in the old days because it was so easy to make, before bars there were pubs and before that people would just drink in their own homes instead of going out to drink. It was so easy to make because alcohol back then would mostly be wine, wine was the typical form of alcohol to be found because it is made up fruits, any kind of fruits but if you wanted stronger tastier wine you would specific types of fruits. The most commonly type of fruit that people would use are grapes, after you pick them you would press them then add in some sugar and water basically and then some yeast. Then allow for fermentation to proceed. As time goes by you would have yourself some tasty drinkable wine. And from their you would end up having your many liquors and eventually beer. It wasn’t long until alcohol played a big role in American history which begun in the 1920s, which was when alcohol became prohibited for a time. Americans have always drunk alcohol especially beer liquor in the 1900s, they would drink daily “since the availability and purity of water supplies and other drinkable liquids were uncertain” (Clayton Rivers 94). Drinking was used as a social activity everyone would feel a little more comfortable than usually with a little wine or beer in their system; it would be breaking the social barrier at gathering for the shy people so that they can interact more. At the same time there has always been a passionate opposition towards alcohol many people would think it is evil and created by the “devil” because of the nasty effects and the illness’s that it caused. It would even ruin people financially in some cases because of the addiction people would have with it, “it was typical to see people in saloons night and day”(Karen F Balken04) for weeks just drinking or trying to get the bartender to give them a free drink. So there would be a huge conflict between the alcoholic supporters “wets” and the non supporters “dry’s” (Adam Wong03) has existed throughout American history, since the 20th century. It wasn’t until 1919 when the “dry movement” (Adam Wong03) achieved its greatest victory by banding...
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