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Department
History
Course
HIST 3109
Professor
Roderick Phillips
Semester
Fall

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HIST3109-Social History of Alcohol Lecture 1: Introduction Alcohol: when sugars, mainly fructose, are attacked by yeast in order to convert it to alcohol by process of fermentation. Yeast+sugar=ethanol+CO2+heat Beginning Evidence of alcohol can be traced back to 7000BC  First found an alcoholic cocktail in China, contained beer and wine (barely based product + fruit based)  Even though this is first evidence, must have been made before this time. Likely wine as it was easier to make and occurs naturally when there is overripe fruit fallen to the ground and yeasts attracted (eg. Murula fruit trees in Africa..drunk elephants) Found liquid wine in china in bronze jars  Virtually disappears when exposed to oxygen, do not know alcohol % Alcohol became popular  Initially beer was more popular than wine because:  Lower % (easier day-to-day co
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