The Decline of Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages have been a part of human society for more than twelve thousand years. Since around the year 10,000 B.C, human beings have been purposefully producing alcoholic beverages through the process of fermentation. The ethanol produced through this process of fermentation is a depressant, causing euphoria at lower doses and unconsciousness at higher doses. Because of how good it makes people feel, and how easy it is to make, alcohol is by far the most popular recreational substance ever discovered in recorded human history. When they have been given the opportunity, many different kinds of animals have also gladly consumed alcohol, but simply lack the ability to deliberately make it themselves. It has been estimated that approximately one third of the world’s population consume alcoholic beverages on somewhat of a regular basis. Currently, there are less than twenty countries in the world that have a prohibition on the sale of alcoholic drinks. While most countries have had a period of prohibition in the past, today it is almost solely countries that have a predominately devout muslim population which have banned alcoholic beverages. As a result of this nearly ubiquitous popularity in every human society that has ever existed, the production and selling of alcoholic beverages has always been a lucrative industry to be a part of. Last year, the global sales of alcoholic drinks in 2018 reached more than one trillion dollars, making the alcohol industry one of the most valuable industries in the world. Despite what all of …