Social And Cultural Aspects Of Drinking Essay

2527 Words Nov 26th, 2014 11 Pages
This paper intends to present the social and cultural aspects of drinking to show the relationship of alcohol and taxation. Alcohol has played a central role in almost all human cultures since Neolithic times (about 4000 BC). All societies, without exception, make use of intoxicating substances, alcohol being by far the most common. There is convincing evidence that the development of agriculture - regarded as the foundation of civilization - was based on the cultivation of grain for beer, as much as for bread. From the earliest recorded use of alcohol, drinking has been a social activity, and both consumption and behavior have been subject to self-imposed social controls. Attempts at prohibition have never been successful except when couched in terms of sacred rules in highly religious cultures (Anonymous, 1998).
Nowadays, drinking is a way to socialize, celebrate and relax wherein some people has a different way of handling the effect of alcohol. (NIAAA staff, 2014). Alcohol consumption has both good and bad benefits in the society. As one of the most used drugs here in New Zealand, we really can’t doubt its impact to economy and most especially to the people. While most enjoy and practice self-control, some have dependence on alcohol which affects their lives and their family. Aside from that another consequence of alcohol is the increasing report in hospital admissions, deaths, attacks and accidents. With variation pattern to age, gender, ethnicity, how much a person…

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