Do Traditional Western European Drinking Practices Have Origins in Antiquity?

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Informa Healthcare
To explore the question of the etiology of western European drinking cultures, some tentative hypotheses will be offered. It is hoped that these speculations will generate discussion and a more thorough examination of the inception of drinking attitudes, practices and norms in many cultures. Although a many faceted hypothesis is presented, there is space in this paper only for a focus on one aspect, namely the reasons why different patterns formed in the first place. Questions concerning the process of Romanization and the Germanic influences of the early Middle Ages upon drinking patterns will have to wait for another time. In short, this paper is a tour through some questions, and extremely tentative hints of some answers. Because this paper is a social-science comment synthesizing material from many fields of study, both primary and secondary published sources are used.
Other PUBLICATIONS and PAPERS on origins of drinking patterns and attitudes in western Europe from antiquity and the influence of the Roman Empire, its continued influence on modern society including American Prohibition and temperance cycles, alcohol control policies, attitudes and beverage preferences due to religion, climate, and European homeland can be found at the following IUScholarWorks links:;;;;;;;;;
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drinking cultures, alcohol, western European, Mediterranean
Engs, Ruth C.(1995) "Do Traditional Western European Drinking Practices have Origins in Antiquity?" Addiction Research, 2(3): 227-239. Retrieved from IUScholarWorks Repository:
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