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Critical Thinking Questions Anne Kim HLTH208: Alcohol and Alcoholism November 23 rd , 2009 1) Why do you think alcohol has always been part of our existence as human beings?
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Alcoholic has been serving multiple functions throughout human history. It has been used for religious, convivial, and medical purposes across different cultures. Since its discovery, alcohol surpassed its simple role as a beverage and has been assigned many symbolic meanings in many cultures. Alcohol was crucial not only for survival in nature but also for survival in society. In ancient times, alcohol was revered as a divine gift and was offered to gods for worship. It was believed to have magical powers due to its effects on human body. Also, it was the drink of choice as it prevented diseases much more than unclean water. However, as civilizations arose and social stratification emerged, alcohol increasingly became associated with pleasure than nutrition. Especially for aristocrats, excessive consumption at festivities frequently led to drunkenness. Also, many pagan religions of Ancient Greece and Rome incorporated wine into their prostitution and justified its usage. In recent history, alcohol has become essential to society. It is no longer simply a beverage, but it is a symbol with many implications. In the United States, wine is a symbol of class, sophistication, and wealth. Wine is a beverage with many prescribed rules. It should accompany an extravagant dinner, must be drunk properly, and should not be consumed fast. On the other hand, beer is central to wild parties where drunkenness and inappropriate behaviors are indulged. It is the symbol of pleasure, and many seek beer for their emotional needs as well. Due to its sedative, relaxant qualities that distort judgment and disinhibit behavior,
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