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A glance at the past

History has not preserved reliable information about the first cases of human consumption of alcohol. There is no evidence that the use of alcohol was typical of our ancestors. On the contrary, much evidence about just another is at an early stage of development of the mankind natural sober way of life and did not use any intoxicating beverages.
As for the first time people are faced with alcohol? It can be assumed that the state of intoxication occurred in the use of starches, which was fermentation. The source of these products could be almost any plant, not dangerous for humans. According to the Indian legend, the oldest alcoholic drink was kept in the hollow of a tree, where he was subjected to fermentation of fruit, washed by rain water. In this regard, K. F. Tender (1908) suggested that the first man discovered the intoxicating properties of alcohol when using the deferred reserve and started to wander food. To this day carbohydrate-containing foods, fermented saliva, is the source of intoxicating drinks at some people. Here there are examples of preparation Chichi Peruvian Indians of cava in Hawaii, were found among the Papuans.
Regular cooking alcoholic beverages for the first time begins at the ancient Sumerians, and, perhaps, the first recipes for alcoholic drinks are a recipe found in temples in southern Mesopotamia (3 thousand years BC). He described the methods for making beverages, close in composition to modern beer.
During the considerable period of human history the main source of alcohol was only natural fermentation of fodder crops, milk, honey, grape juices some fruits and plants. This contributed to the natural limit the spread of alcoholism. In receiving more of these products (to a part of them was for production of alcohol) largely played a role in the development of agriculture and the emergence of viticulture. Apparently, the prototype of the modern wine-vodka products was drink, close to the beer. The development of agriculture stimulated winemaking, and there is evidence that in the III Millennium BC in Ancient Egypt were intoxicating drink a small fortress of barley, and later spread and wine. Started commit habits of alcohol consumption. The scene showing the use of alcohol, found on the walls of Egyptian tombs and sarcophagi and even bandages, which wrapped mummy.
So, not later than III thousand years B.C. apply alcohol production and, consequently, the traditions of its consumption. First of alcohol expansion". Currently documented around 5.5-6-thousand-year history Dating someone with alcohol.
Historical data indicate that, watching the intoxicating effect of alcohol and its ability to cause euphoria, people treated unknown state with great respect, recognizing it as the action of the divine forces, the manifestation of the influence from the outside. Almost everywhere the initial stages of alcohol consumption were associated exclusively with religious items. The need for consumption of alcohol during religious ceremonies was, apparently, in ensuring the withdrawal from reality, in the transformation of psychic experiences, emotional disinhibition. It is well known that believers would be subject to simultaneous and other stimulating effects from listeners cult. Naturally, priests and shamans strictly kept secrets of intoxicating drinks (up to our time for the clergy statutory privilege of wine, often monasteries belonged to the best vineyards, and so on).