Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get..(5/4)

Title: Quote, Forest Gump.

So, despite the title post, this response has absolutely nothing to do with chocolate, but more to do with life. In the past few weeks in this class, we have been discussing the role of alcohol throughout history. So, what I wonder is where alcohol fell out. Obviously, alcohol has not been completely forgotten in modern society. I’d say that more than 90% of adults drink alcohol (not to mention all the illegal drinking that occurs in our society). When, however, did alcohol gain such negative connotations? The drinking of wine used to be viewed as a religious experience, where as now it is paired with an image of middle-aged women getting tipsy. Beer used to be consumed by literally everyone, and now it is seen as the working-class drink.

Maybe what changed was awareness, not to mention the availability of safe drinking water. When water was unavailable, everyone drank beer with a low alcohol content. I imagine that despite how much people would enjoy the very slight buzz they were able to get from drinking beer all day, fresh and safe water was a refreshing change. However, another possibility for why alcohol is less scarcely consumed these days is because people finally began discovering alcohol poisoning, and that complete drunkenness was associated with the dying of brain cells.

In a way, the consumption of alcohol changed with science. This is true in more than one way. Not only has alcohol consumption changed today to a merely social experience, rather than an all-day thing because of the scientific discoveries of the effects of alcohol, but, as we have been learning in class, the way alcohol was made changed with science. I expect that the invention of a distillery was a mere mistake someone made when trying to compare the boiling points of water and alcoholic drinks. Science is associated with everything we eat and drink. We’ve discussed countless times the processing that goes on with most of the food that we consume today. Food is science. This is really fascinating to me. People just don’t think about food anymore. Food is the most beautiful and essential science to us.

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One Response to Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get..(5/4)

  1. maoismdoesntwork says:

    I love Forrest Gump.

    Aside from that, I really disagree with your statement about modern conceptions of alcohol. Certainly, it’s recognized as something to be reckoned with if consumed in large quantities… but wine is still sometimes considered a classy thing. I know that the wine shop in my town is where people go for good food tips, news and music as well as something to drink with dinner. The alcohol we have access to now is generally stronger than early Mesopotamian beer, which may contribute to the image you’re describing, but I don’t think that its presence in modern everyday life is considered a shameful or negative thing at all. Americans, from what I’ve seen, treat alcohol as more of a taboo subject than Europeans, but even here I don’t think it’s anything people think /that/ ill of.

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