The earliest known terra cotta stills were found in what is now Pakistan.
Barley was popular in ancient Egypt, where it was used to make bread and to make barley beer sweetened with honey. Barley beer is likely to have been the first alcoholic beverage humans made.
By 1000 B.C.E. the Chinese were distlling rice wine.
For centuries in Europe and America, alcohol was mixed with gunpowder and ignited. If the mixture flashed, then the alochol was proven, hence the word proof as a measure of alcohol content.
Europeans called distilled beverages distilled spirits because of the belief that the essence of the plant was derived while the body of the plant died away.
The Little Ice Age (from the 14th to mid-19th centuries) is the reason that Americans today now drink eleven (11) times as much beer as wine. The lower temperature hurt wine production (grapes required warmer climate) and encouraged the production of beer.
Low zinc status has been observed in 30% to 50% of alcoholics, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Alcohol decreases the absorption of zinc and increases loss of zinc in urine. In addition, many alcoholics do not eat an acceptable variety or amount of food, so their dietary intake of zinc may be inadequate.
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