Hangover History

iStock_000011137583SmallThe chemical compound of the substance ethanol advances by the accompaniment of sugars (such as: sucrose, glucose, fructose) and yeast. These compound’s aggregation, overtime evolve in a process, namely fermentation. This chemical compound conceptualizes as such: C2-H5-OH. This compound is a pure state of Ethanol, which catalyzes many responses: highly flammable, when in direct contact with germs or viral infections will often times annihilate the bacterial presence, also can be consumed in the liquefied form of alcohol. Alcohol is categorized as a mind-altering substance. This substance, within the radius of being mind-altering, is tabbed a depressant: The affects on the physical state of a individual resemble that of a depressant, in that sensual stimulation becomes limited, brain activity slows down, the individuals muscle response is stunted… While the physical effects of this substance seem to be depressing or perhaps negative in the physical realm, it has been historically recorded that this substance has been used, encompassing the entire planet, for the over 10,000 years.

Because the production of Alcohol seems to be so simply performed, we can see various means of fermentation around the planet. 4,000 B.C in Egypt, the god Osiris was a nationally praised idol seeing as he was thought to have produced the glorious substance of beer, which fermentation was a daily practice in the majority of households in this profoundly powerful, dominating culture.

Geographically transcending elsewhere, we find the continent of Asia, with the giant powerhouse of Chinese, which are recorded as possessing this substance 7000 years before the common era. Seeing as to china’s  agricultural availability, their alcoholic beverage was produced from the fermentation of rice, honey and fruit, they considered this “Saki” or, rice wine, to a ‘Spiritual Food’. In India, thousands of years before the violent and fierce colonization by England, sometime around 10,000 B.C. we see the consumption of a similar beverage to that of the Chinese, namely sura, comprised of rice mean, sugar cane, wheat, and grapes. In India, the Hindu Ayurveda was religious practice which consisted of medical promotions. In the Ayurveda, we see the discussing of both the benefits of acohol consumption as well as the “…the consequences of intoxication and alcoholic diseases.”

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