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.…

Cleopatra VII, ‘Lady of Drunkenness’

All through history it seems drinking was mainly a man hobby. Sure, women of lower classes could hit the bottle too, but in most cultures and societies it wasn’t very ladylike to get absolutely smashed. Unless you’re the queen of Egypt of course. Cleopatra VII was the last Egyptian pharaoh, lover of the Roman leaders…