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When Was Alcohol Discovered/Invented?

The Greatest Discovery in History

It’s hard to say exactly when alcohol was discovered for two reasons: 1) it was a long time ago, and 2) because you have to imagine that noting the date and time was not the first thing that occurred to the discoverers.

The first mistake that needs to be cleared up is that, while the origin may be in dispute, there is no doubt that alcohol – or fermentation, at least – was discovered rather than “invented.” One does not invent a thing that occurs naturally, as fermentation most assuredly does.

(To illustrate this fact it should be pointed out that humans are not the only animals that enjoy a drink or two. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discusses the discovery of a few mammals in the Malaysian rainforest that drink the fermented nectar of what’s known as the bertam palm flower.)

Regarding human discovery, some paleontologists trace the origin all the way back to the Neolithic period, and some even believe that it was alcohol – or the desire for it – that prompted the first humans to take up agriculture.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, humanity’s love of alcohol has also been credited for precipitating the creation of democracy and the American Revolution. Of course, these things are spoken of in jest, but if one seriously considers the integral part of alcohol in some of history’s most momentous decisions and accomplishments … well, it’s a sobering thought to say the least.

When it comes to intentional brewing the historical record is nearly as muddled. Anthropologists know people were drinking beer in Mesopotamia in 4,000 BC because there are records of it being traded, and Sumerians sang odes to it as far back as 1,800 BC, but many scientists believe the history of brewing stretches back much further.

Alcohol distillation, however, is probably a bit younger in the tooth according to most historians. Mesopotamians were known to use the distillation process, but it would take a few hundred years before the Chinese would use it to make rice liquor.

The final conclusion: booze has been around forever in some shape or form, and we’ll never really know the exact date and time that one lucky human made the discovery of a lifetime.

The Discovery of Alcohol

Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).


14 comments

  1. Reply Yocelin Sep 25, 2017 3:23 pm

    I don’t get it to much information!!!!

  2. Reply Babak H. Livar Aug 13, 2016 6:57 am

    Thanks to Daniel and Alexi for Enlightenment by posting authentic historical facts.

  3. Reply manuel Mar 2, 2016 2:07 am

    i mean jacquelin

  4. Reply manuel Mar 2, 2016 2:05 am

    no yo suck

  5. Reply Alexi Dec 25, 2015 9:23 pm

    Alcohol was around for centuries as a component of wine and beer*, but it was not identified as a separate compound. The first person who discovered pure alcohol (ethanol) by distilling wine was a well known Iranian/ Persian alchemist by the name of Mohammad ibn Zakaria Razi (864-930 AD). He was born in the city of Ray, south of Tehran/ Iran. He is considered one of the greatest alchemists of all time and his work remained in use for over 10 centuries. He not only discovered alcohol, and the use of alcohol in medicine, but also discovered sulfuric acid. Razi wrote 184 books and articles in several fields of science. *As early as ancient Mesopotamia, the Sumerians made an alcoholic substance fermented from wheat and other materials.

  6. Reply Jack Dec 13, 2015 7:33 am

    Another alternative, just gut and gill the fish right when you catch it, then you can throw the whole rack in the pot to make stock, soup etc., and…

  7. Reply linnea corpuz Nov 6, 2015 12:06 pm

    fyi too much information

  8. Reply Bobak Oct 3, 2015 9:09 am

    ” IF U DO NOT LIKE HISTORYCAL FACTS ABOUT OTHERS, ITs OK, JUST DON’T CHANGE THEM, WHAT YOUR CHILDREN MIGHT FEEL, IF SOME DAY SOME PEOPLE DO THE SAME TO YOURS”

    1- Alcohol has discovered by RAZI , Persian scientist. He was actually invented his own distillation device which was made to distill alcohol out of wine.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_ibn_Zakariya_al-Razi

    2- Please be reminded that having a given Arabic name doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is indeed an Arab or even has an Arabic background (Just Like Hussein Obama).

    3- EVEN IF FRENCH REFUSE TO MENTION OR IGNORANT, Shiraz wine, one of the most famous type/brand names of wine in the world is actually: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirazi_wine

  9. Reply Omid Sep 5, 2015 7:19 pm

    Dear Daniel: kindly appreciate your effort in replying as correct as possible! It’s highly obligatory to study the authoritative sources precisely before any attempts in order to investigate correct answers to questions rather than irrelevant vague personal explanations, feelings and considerations as an answer.

  10. Reply Daniel Aug 13, 2015 6:06 am

    Persian scientist Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (Rhazes). Geber is acknowledged to be the father of the science of chemistry. He established the principle of classifying substances by their properties and invented equipment and techniques for isolating them. His technical innovations included the alembic still, whose principles still govern the production of alcoholic spirits.[3] As an alchemist, Razi is known for his study of sulfuric acid and for his discovery of ethanol and its refinement to use in medicine. He became chief physician of Rey and Baghdad hospitals. Razi invented what today is known as rubbing alcoho

  11. Reply Daniel Aug 13, 2015 5:54 am

    Hi thanks for your informaton but the important part you forgot is this pure alcohol discoverd by persian scientist tittled razi from iran and used it in medicine its big shame you change the history as you wish !!!

  12. Reply john jonkers May 28, 2015 5:43 pm

    not enough info

  13. Reply kalyah May 18, 2015 8:01 pm

    Ur information it dont give people wat they lookin for

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