Beer quite possibly a key cause of civilization
As Paul Ratner at Big Think puts it, “Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania, has one of the coolest jobs in the world.”
Yes. Yes he does.
And due to its nutrional value and mind-altering effects, alcohol provided “incentives for hunter-gatherers to settle down and domesticate grain”. So to drink that beer, they set up villages and new societies. They would also use alcohol in religious ceremonies and as medicine. As such, according to the scientist, “The beginnings of civilization were spurred on by fermented beverages.”