A brief history of alcohol

If you’ve jumped on the Dry January train and have spent the few weeks in abstention, good for you (and congrats, you’re about halfway there)! Just because you aren’t drinking alcohol at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t learn about its origins. Check out this fun video from Rod Phillips and TED-Ed.

Nobody knows exactly when humans began to create fermented beverages. The earliest known evidence comes from 7,000 BCE in China, where residue in clay pots has revealed that people were making an alcoholic beverage from fermented rice, millet, grapes, and honey. So how did alcohol come to fuel global trade and exploration? Rod Phillips explores the evolution of alcohol.

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