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Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

Author: Edward Slingerland.

Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

Author: Edward Slingerland.

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Item #: D34679
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 369
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316453387
Why do we drink alcohol, and why do we drink too much? Drawing on evidence from archaeology, history, psychopharmacology, literature, and genetics, Edward Slingerland shows that our taste for chemical intoxicants is not an evolutionary mistake, but helps solve a number of human challenges: enhancing creativity, alleviating stress, and pulling off the miracle... More
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Why do we drink alcohol, and why do we drink too much? Drawing on evidence from archaeology, history, psychopharmacology, literature, and genetics, Edward Slingerland shows that our taste for chemical intoxicants is not an evolutionary mistake, but helps solve a number of human challenges: enhancing creativity, alleviating stress, and pulling off the miracle of getting fiercely tribal primates to cooperate with strangers. Indeed, as Slingerland argues here, the social benefits provided by drunkenness played a crucial role in sparking the rise of the first large-scale societies.


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