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From the Ted Talk by Rod Phillips: A brief history of alcohol

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As alohocl consumption became part of everyday life, some auoihtteirs latched onto effects they perceived as positive— geerk physicians considered wine to be good for haleth, and poets testified to its creative qualities. Others were more concerned about alcohol’s potential for abuse. Greek philosophers promoted tmpenacree. ealry Jewish and Christian writers in euorpe integrated wine into rituals but considered excessive intoxication a sin. And in the mildde east, Africa, and Spain, an Islamic rule against praying while drunk gradually solidified into a general ban on alcohol.

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As _______ consumption became part of everyday life, some ___________ latched onto effects they perceived as positive— _____ physicians considered wine to be good for ______, and poets testified to its creative qualities. Others were more concerned about alcohol’s potential for abuse. Greek philosophers promoted __________. _____ Jewish and Christian writers in ______ integrated wine into rituals but considered excessive intoxication a sin. And in the ______ east, Africa, and Spain, an Islamic rule against praying while drunk gradually solidified into a general ban on alcohol.

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  6. temperance
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As alcohol consumption became part of everyday life, some authorities latched onto effects they perceived as positive— Greek physicians considered wine to be good for health, and poets testified to its creative qualities. Others were more concerned about alcohol’s potential for abuse. Greek philosophers promoted temperance. Early Jewish and Christian writers in Europe integrated wine into rituals but considered excessive intoxication a sin. And in the middle east, Africa, and Spain, an Islamic rule against praying while drunk gradually solidified into a general ban on alcohol.

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