Alcohol was very prominent in world history, and it is still very prominent in the world today. Here are some facts that I found and thought were pretty interesting:
- Vikings used to use the skulls of people they killed as drinking vessels. (My favorite one!)
- The Uape Indians from the upper Amazon in Brazil mix the ashes of their cremated dead with casiri, their local alcohol, and drink it to honor their dead.
- The more educated people are, the more likely they are to drink.
- The founder of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) no longer is a part of the organization. She resigned when it became more anti-alcohol rather than simply anti-drunk-driving.
- In the 1600’s, thermometers were filled with Brandy rather than mercury.
- Methyphobia is the fear of alcohol.
- Dipsomania is the abnormal craving for alcohol.
- The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer.
- Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in a tavern in Philadelphia.
- Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment that established Prohibition.
If you ever need a good conversation starter when behind the bar, bring up an interesting fact! I can be a shy person, and it really gets people talking.