Wednesday, June 04, 2014

What "your poison" does to you

Sam Kean (WSJ, May 24-25, 2014) reviews Adam Rogers's book Proof: The Science of Booze. I read the review--reading the whole book would cut into my drinking time.

First, he distinguishes between the effects of alcohol on the physical body and then on the metaphysical one--the depression, sadness and fear for the future of contemplating a night out.

He says that happening on fermentation and booze was the biggest single event in human history. So we know where he is coming from.

Not the acquisition of language? Fire? No!

Even now making booze is a combo of science and hunch. Some distillers blast music at their barrels as they age.

The look of the bottle, the ambiance of the bar or location, even nearby colors of the product govern enjoyment of booze.

He even goes into hangovers--the current popular notion is that hangovers are caused by dehydration. Nope--now they think they are inflammation, like an infection.

Even the experts aren't sure and grope for aspirin.

I'll drink to that.

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