Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.).
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
Contact tracing may be around for years, but it's not going to work if privacy concerns are not addressed.
Sociologist Marcus Anthony Hunter found that for Black patrons of a Black nightclub, the ‘nightly round’ mitigated the impacts of spatial and social isolation.
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If bars are forced to restrict people's movement in our post-coronavirus pandemic world, they will lose some of their most important social functions.
Distancing rules will make life very difficult for smaller bars, cafes and restaurants. Our streets can be modified quickly to help save an important part of the life of cities and their economies.
Empty cafes with tipped chairs are a common sight worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic.
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We sorely miss our regular haunts during the coronavirus lockdown not only because we like them but also because a healthy society needs places where people can gather, mix and mingle.
By the end of Prohibition, distilled spirits made up more than 75 percent of alcohol sales.
Something needed to be done to mask the taste of bootleg alcohol that could include ingredients ranging from dead rats to wood tar.
A sorry sight.
Boarded up pubs are becoming a common sight, and it's having a real impact on rural village life.
Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps please.
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Seasoned pubgoers will know that there are some ways to get served more quickly than the other drinkers.
Many claim that bouncers use dress codes to discriminate. But is it systemic?
A sociologist dressed men of different races in the same clothes – and then dispatched them to nightclubs across Texas to see what would happen.
There is little evidence that training alone reduces the propensity for over-service of alcohol.
Responsible Service of Alcohol laws should be coupled with public discussion that encourages people to take responsible for their own drinking behaviour.