No two drugs have defined human civilization the way alcohol and caffeine have.
True to its toxic origins, alcohol kills 3.3 million people each year, bringing about 5.9% of all deaths and 25% of deaths among people aged 20 to 39. Alcohol causes liver disease, many cancers, and other devastating health and social issues.
On the other hand, research suggests that alcohol may have helped create civilization itself.
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Chelsea Follet works at the Cato Institute as a Researcher and Managing Editor of HumanProgress.org.
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