Quite when the link between fermented fruit or grain and intoxication was first established is unknown.
But archaeologists have identified residue from pottery in China suggesting that an alcoholic drink composed of honey, grapes and rice was being brewed from at least 7000 BC, long before the invention of writing or the wheel.
Alcohol was very important for altering a person’s state of mind in religious experiences. Yet, it was undoubtedly also created for purely social reasons as many early communities had regular feasts and gatherings. In short, our ancestors liked to party.
This article was first published in the May 2015 issue of History Revealed and answered by one of our Q&A experts, Miles Russell.