The Dizzying Revenues from Alcohol Taxes per EU Country

No matter what country you go to a great conversation starter are always the beer prices. You’ll get an answer like “Yeah, it’s not what it used to be”, and so on. Since most governments still see taxes on alcoholic beverages as a great way to pay for their endless amount of well catered meetings…

How Alcohol Played a Key Role in Warfare around the World

For centuries alcohol has always played an important, and sometimes decisive, role  in warfare. As it brought the troups moral and courage in many armies the intake of booze was allowed or even stimulated. Other commanders believed it was best to keep their troops as sober as possible, so they wouldn’t go out of control.…

Mark Twain, the drunken father of American literature

If there was ever a functioning drunkard it must have been Mark Twain (1835-1910). In our list of historical drunks there are some  examples of troubled minds, but that was absolutely not the case for this American author. Fellow writer and heavy drinker William Faulkner would describe Twain as ‘The Father of American Literature’. His…

Alcohol possibly slows down muscle disease MS

It’s very well possible that alcohol can slow down the breakdown of the human body caused by the muscle disease MS (multiple sclerosis). At least for the ‘relapsing-remitting’ form of the disease. That’s the conclusion Dutch and Belgian researchers draw in the European Journal of Neurology. Besides alcohol the progress of MS would also be…