Really enjoying this book so far. Hope you can join us in London, but we'll also be doing an online event in September, so stay tuned 😊
Looking forward to a toast tomorrow at the in-person chat with @firstname.lastname@example.org! We'll discuss the history of intoxicant use...in a London pub! 🍺
If you can't make it, there will be an online event on 17th September, which has just been listed 🍷 https://twitter.com/slingerland20/status/1559159988966363137
I'm recording a live session in which I discuss DRUNK, which I finished last night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5Y2grkappY
@bryankam Fantastic. I remember reading this piece about his book, very enlightening: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/america-drinking-alone-problem/619017/
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@bryankam It seems to me that most cultures have *some* kinda intoxicant but that it's not always alcohol, and alcohol seems to be one of the worse ones. That is, alcohol can become a "drug of despair" but not all traditional intoxicants are either attractive to the despairing, or reinforce despair - see for e.g. peyote, which seems to be at worst neutral, possibly curative towards depression.
So I'm tentatively ok with the basic idea that intoxicants can be valuable towards cultural cohesion, provided that they are accompanied by well-adapted social customs and norms, but I'm not willing to cut alcohol too much slack on that account alone. It's a fairly shit intoxicant, as they go.
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