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Why drink is the secret to humanity’s success
I don't suppose any other animal uses having a drink together as an excuse for more than just quenching a thirst. In particular, humans seem to be the only creatures that make and consume alcohol.
It's not just because alcohol causes people to lose their social inhibitions and become over-friendly with our drinking chums, but alcohol itself triggers the brain - the endorphin system - or neurotransmitters involved in the management of pain. That 'all’s-well-with-the-world' effect seems to be crucial for establishing bonded relationships that allow individuals to trust each other. Drinking enables humans to open up their deepest selves. When the wine is in, the truth is out - “in vino veritas”.
So alcohol has been more valuable to our species’ survival than we might imagine. It is even suggested that drinking alcohol (in moderation of course) can be good for the health!
What is your favourite drink (it doesn't have to be alcoholic)? Do you meet friends for drinks and if so, what do you tend to drink?