Alcohol? was it made to get drunk? ?!

Question: Alcohol!? was it made to get drunk!? !?
Lets say that alcohol was produced a 1000 years ago!.!.!.do you think that it was made by acciedent or made on purpose to get drunk!?Www@FoodAQ@Com

Well I'm pretty sure it was discovered from fermenting fruit!.!.!.!.!. so yeah probably mainly for intoxication!.

same way animals found out if they eat fermented fruit they will get shi"faced!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

First, 1000 years is not long enough!. Recall that the Bible mentions Wine, so that makes it atleast 2000 years old!. Furthermore, archaeologists have discovered that the *oldest* written records were recipes for making beer!.

Given that, it's hard to say that we accidentally made beer!. It's the first thing we bothered to write down!

Your question, however, has the fallacy of the false dilemma!. If you left off the "to get drunk" part then it makes sense -- did we make it by accident or on purpose!. Clearly, it's on purpose!. But the second part assigns the value of "to get drunk" with "on purpose," which suggests that accidentally making beer would not be for getting drunk or that the only reason one would be making beer on purpose is to get drunk!. This is simply false and misleading!.

So, man has made beer on purpose for an extremely long period of time!. To get drunk is another debate!. At times, certainly!. It is hard to say what the early uses of beer would have been, but they certainly would have had the abilitly to intoxicate!.

However, about 1000 years ago, and up to about 300 years ago, a type of beer was commonly made by the wives called "small beer!." This would be given to everyone -- children, women, and men!. The reason was simply that the water made you sick!. But when the water was made into beer it was safe to drink!. The alcohol helped preserve it somewhat, but the bulk of the benefit came from the boiling of the water to make the wort!. People didn't realize they could simply drink the boiled water and not get sick!. The alcoholic content of this small beer was around 2-3% v/v!.

On an other tangent, I have thought about how our lifespans keep increasing -- statistically speaking!. Consider 600 years ago, if someone was 40 they would be old, many were dead by this time!. I've realized a few things about this -- first, people kept warm by fire!. Examining the lungs of those who lived in this time shows that the fires they continually burned have blackened their lungs, much worse than a smoker would today!. Simply having electric, gas or oil heat has increased our lifespans substantially!. Second, by not drinking alcohol all day we've likely increased our lifespans -- although evidence shows that some low level of alcoholic intake actually reduces chances of heart disease!. Certainly the advances over the last 100 years are from modern medecine, but the bulk of it I believe was done by electric, gas and oil heating!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

I would have to say alcohol was probably used to get drunk when it was created, but not necessarily for that exact purpose!. Alcohol has been around for a long time, but in medieval England, a small amount of alcohol was added to drinking water to sanitize it before drinking!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

By accident!. Water wasn't safe to drink, and keeping fruit juices too long caused them to change!.!.!.hence: wine!.

That was at first of course!.!.!.once the particular properties of wine, ale, and beer were realized, they were put to recreational uses!.!.!.

it was produced alot further back, more than 9,000 years ago in Neolithic China

the discovery of fermentation was likely observed in nature, but sooner or later it was realized making alcohol was a good way to preserve perishable fruit and grain harvests into subsequent seasonsWww@FoodAQ@Com

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