19 Contemp. Drug Probs. 409 (1992)
Before there was Alcoholism: Lessons from the Medieval Experience with Alcohol

handle is hein.journals/condp19 and id is 423 raw text is: Contemporary Drug Problems/Fall 1992

Before there was alcoholism:
lessons from the medieval
experience with alcohol
BY JESSICA WARNER
Jessica Warner is a postdoctoral fellow at the Alcohol Research
Group (2000 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709). This paper is part
of a work in progress on drinking in medieval times.
This is an essay set in our past, before we ever came up with
the notion of alcoholism. At first glance, the evidence is
contradictory: most of the people in question drank through-
out the day and throughout their lives, and yet few seem to
have developed any of the physiological symptoms now asso-
ciated with alcoholism. The medieval experience with alco-
hol would suggest that alcoholism is in fact a relatively
recent phenomenon, limited in time to the past four centuries
and limited in space to those areas where food is both plenti-
ful and varied.

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