Alcohol is primarily a food of the Holocene. Sure, it is possible to imagine circumstances arising naturally where fermented fruit or honey could produce wines; it is not possible to imagine they would have been a sustained part of the hominid diet. The liver treats alcohol as a toxin; that is our inheritance. Although there may be benefits in wine consumption through both the anti-oxidants it contains and the relaxation alcohol itself provides, if we choose to use these as an excuse or a reason for consuming alcoholic drinks, we ought to be aware that our evolutionary history argues against it and that we make this choice for other reasons.
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