Throughout history, man has carried on a love affair with all kinds of alcohol – liqueurs, wines, spirits, and beers. While some will swear by a Tequila sunrise, for others it’s all about the best single-malt scotch whiskey. This page is meant for light reading only. In no way does the Liver Foundation of Western Australia endorse any of the trivia.
Here are some interesting trivia facts about alcohol and the liver gathered from all kinds of sources – books, the internet, and even hand-me-down tales.
- Rum used to be shipped to Africa and traded for slaves.
- Apparently, sailors were encouraged to drink beer to avoid scurvy.
- Ancient Egyptians sometimes received beer instead of wages for their work – now that’s something that deserves deep thought.
- Dionysus is the Greek god of wine and Bacchus is the Roman god of wine.
- Zillions of Indian gods liked to indulge in ‘soma’ -the intoxicating drink of the divine. However, religious Hindu’s are expected to abstain from alcoholic drinks.
- Prophet Mohammed forbade alcohol.
- The word “toast” comes from Ancient Rome. The Romans would wish to good health by dropping a piece of toasted bread into wine.
- In the 1800s, doctors routinely prescribed alcoholic drinks as a treatment for disease.
- Alcohol is by far the most common legal drink in the world.
- Wine has a higher alcohol content than beer (between 12% and 20%), but less than hard liquors, such as whiskey and scotch.
- The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer.
- Distillation was developed during the Middle Ages. The alcohol thus produced was called ‘aqua vitae’ or ‘water of life.’
- The longest bar in the world is 684 feet or 208.5 meters long at the New Bullldog, in Rock Island, Illinois.
- Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as their drinking cups.
- It is believed that the Puritans loaded more beer than water onto the Mayflower before they cast off for the New World.
- The brewery was one of Harvard College’s first construction projects.
- In 1910, New York introduced its first drink driving laws.
- Breath testing was first introduced in Australia in the 1960s.
- Alcoholics Anonymous was established in 1935. The American Medical Association passed a resolution declaring that alcoholics are valid patients.