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Alcohol and Humans: A Long and Social Affair

Kimberley Hockings and Robin Dunbar


Ethanol (or, as it is more popularly known, alcohol) use has a long and ubiquitous history. The prevailing tendency to view alcohol merely as a ‘social problem’ or the popular notion that alcohol only serves to provide us with a ‘hedonic’ high, masks its importance in the social fabric of many human societies both past and present. To understand alcohol use as a complex social practice that has been exploited by humans for thousands of years requires cross-disciplinary insight from social/cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, psychologists, primatologists, and biologists. This ... More

Keywords: ethanol, alcohol, human universal, feasting, communal bonding, complex social practice, primate evolution, biological sciences, social sciences and humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberley Hockings, editor
Lecturer in Conservation Science, University of Exeter, UK

Robin Dunbar, editor
Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

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