Category: Culture

Normalizing Alcohol (Should We Normalize Alcohol?)

Critics of alcohol advertising often argue that it’s normalizing alcohol drinking. So what’s wrong with normalizing drinking? There’s nothing at all wrong with normalizing alcohol unless a person’s goal is eliminating drinking in favor of forced abstinence. The hatchet-wielding Carrie Nation would have opposed normalizing alcohol. The Prohibition Party (yes, it still exists) would oppose it. The …

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World Drinking Trivia in Western & Non-Western Cultures

When we travel, we’re often surprised at how people in other cultures do things. For example, their eating, drinking, and other life styles can be quite different. Here we look at world drinking trivia. World Drinking Trivia I. Non-Western Culture Chicha is an alcohol beverage that people have made for thousands of years in Central …

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A Cause of Alcohol Problems (It May Surprise You)

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People commonly think that high consumption levels are a cause of alcohol problems are a direct result of consumption levels. That is, the higher the consumption level, the more the problems. However, the experience of societies and other social groups shows this isn’t so. In short, drinking levels aren’t the cause of alcohol problems. In …

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Judgement of Paris: Historic Paris Wine Tasting of 1976.

The Judgement of Paris (historic Paris wine tasting of 1976) was a world-shaking event. It forever changed the world of wine. Before the Judgement of Paris, wine authorities largely agreed on one fact. Specifically, many places around the world could make good wine. However, only in France could people make great wine. I. Judgement of …

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Alcohol Songs (Beer, Wine, & Liquor or Spirits in Music)

Alcohol songs can be about alcohol, can be drinking songs, or may include lyrics about drinking. There are over 600 here. They represent many genres. How many of the songs do you recognize? Most alcohol songs have titles beginning with a letter. These are in alphabetical order. However, a few begin with a number. Those …

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Beer Terms & Terminology: Words About Beer, Brewing, and Enjoying Beer

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Beer terms are fun to know. But they’re important to understanding and describing the beers you enjoy. And knowing beer terms is essential if you want to brew your own beer. For liquor (distilled spirits) words, visit Liquor Terms. Words about wine are at Wine Terms. For words about  alcohol and drinking, see Alcohol Glossary. …

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Alcool versus Alcohol: What We Can Learn from the French about Drinking Alcohol

by Lynne Breaux What can we learn from the French about drinking alcohol? A recent sojourn of Paris’ splendid cafe society spotlighted the French respect for, and the American disrespect for alcohol. Many enjoyable hours were spent imbibing in historic, treasured brasseries and never was an intoxicated patron observed. What was observed were cheerful friends and …

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Alcohol in Art (Paintings) From Ancient Times to Today

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Even the earliest humans made and enjoyed art. And early humans also enjoyed drinking alcohol. For example, anthropologists find evidence that humans have made alcoholic beverages for at least twelve thousand years. Thus, the place of alcohol in art has a long history. I. Alcohol in Art: Ancient Period The ancient Egyptians often painted images of …

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Speakeasy Bars List: Arranged by State & City in U.S.

A speakeasy bar is a legally conducted prohibition-themed bar. Speakeasy bars have become have very popular. This list of speakeasy bars is arranged by state and city. Most have websites that provide addresses and other helpful information. Alabama Birmingham Speakeasy Tuscaloosa Speakeasy. Alaska Anchorage Blues Central. SpeakEasy Williwaw. Arizona Carefree The Speakeasy on Easy Street …

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