Tom Standage: The Symbolity Of Drinks

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For thousands of years, water has been a vital and imperative substance that managed to shape many civilizations. Humans had settled down near freshwater sources in order to decrease the risk of dehydration. However, as people had become more technologically advanced, many new beverages challenged the popularity of water. Tom Standage divides the world’s history into six popular beverages: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-cola. Drinks have been used throughout history to symbolize the beginnings and the ends as well as represent wealth and strong relationships. Many were originally used for medicine instead of ordinary drinks. Some of these drinks were created millenniums ago while others were made in the past couple centuries. Nevertheless, all six of these beverages remain in the common household, serving as a reminder to all about how liquids have managed to be a major contribution, despite some suggesting otherwise.
Beer was not the first alcohol to be discovered, however, it was important to many
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Previously, the existence of wine was only acknowledged because of its scarcity and expensive price. In Ancient Greece, wine was dominating because of the growing popularity and price drops. Just as Mesopotamia had done with beer, Ancient Greece’s rations and social standings were based on wine. Since most citizens could access wine, wealth was based upon the oldest and the sweetest. When the Romans invaded Greece, the former developed many of the same traditions. Both societies deemed it necessary to mix wine with water. Ancient Rome also used wine for medicine and immunity to poison. However, unlike Greece, Ancient Rome’s grand feasts still separated people based on their riches by serving different wine. The appreciation of wine can come from many places, but in reality, it was Greece who made the

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