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Drinking And Consumption In Civilization

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Around this time, beer could be found in most civilizations and was used for many things, including medicine and payment for labor. With this increase in popularity and usage, customs began to be created around the drink and became significant in society. For example, the custom to toast to someone’s health references to the belief that beer was something the divine would drink and could be used to cure many ailments in an offering to the gods. Additionally, despite countless cases of alcohol poisoning and domestic disputes in present times, beer continues to have a reputation as a drink that is meant to relieve someone of their stress and it is a common gesture to buy someone a drink as to create a friendly atmosphere.
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