I like to think of beer held in a man's hand. Nature, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips.

This needs verification, but I'm completely willing to believe this:

Did a thirst for beer spark civilization?
By Michael Kan
Friday, 15 January 2010

Drunkenness, hangovers, and debauchery tend to come to mind when one thinks about alcohol and its effects. But could alcohol also have been a catalyst for human civilization?

According to archaeologist Patrick McGovern this may have been the case when early man decided to start farming. Why humans turned from hunting and gathering to agriculture could be the result of our ancestors’ simple urge for alcoholic beverages.

“Alcohol provided the initial motivation,” said McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. “Then it got going the engine of society.”

There's more to it. I mean, he's not basing this on wishes, even if I am.

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