SHORT HISTORY OF DRUNKENNESS


SHORT HISTORY OF DRUNKENNESS

MARK FORSYTH    Book Number: 89034    Product format: Hardback

History books often tell us that people were drunk, without revealing the when, where, why and with whom. In this engaging study the author looks into the question of how people get plastered across time and cultures. Drinking is surrounded by unspoken rules. For instance, in Britain today everyone knows that you must not drink before noon, except at airports and cricket matches. Anthropologists tell us that drink makes us sociable, and that people in groups are more off-putting to predators. The workers who built Egypt's pyramids were partly paid in beer, and the art of the time shows men and women getting drunk with equal abandon, particularly at the Festival of the goddess Hathor. Greek drunkenness was associated with the wine-god Dionysus and his inebriated collection of female groupies, the Maenads. The Chinese emperor Jie (17th century BC) liked to get drunk while riding around on the back of some unfortunate minion pretending to be a horse. In the Bible, Jesus defends himself against a charge of gluttony and drunkenness. At the Roman convivium each guest would have their own appointed cupbearer, serving that person and no-one else. The mead-halls of Anglo-Saxon England are legendary, and the medieval alehouse continued the tradition. Fast-forward via the gin palaces of the 18th century to the Wild West Saloon, a scene of reckless debauchery facilitated by the nearest courtroom being 200 miles away. When the Hollywood hero walks in, he never asks how much the drinks are, because there was the one-bit saloon and the two-bit saloon, and everyone knew the difference. "Drunkenness is a heap of contradictions because it says yes to everything." 246pp.
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ISBN 9780525575375
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