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In his 1827 home medical group, the doctor Thomas J. Graham wrote that: It is a common practice among Europeans in sultry climes to eat plentifully of either fresh or salt meat, at breakfast, tiffin, and dinner; this practice is followed day after day, and my only surprise is, that such a dangerous course of living does not produce a much greater ...


You may be mixing Murad IV's short-lived ban on coffee with a general distaste for coffee and milk in many late medieval/early modern cultures. The origins of this distaste for coffee and milk may have stemmed from Islamic alchemy. Taking from Stewart Lee Allen's The Devil's Cup: The second part of [an ancient Ethiopian] ceremony, where the roasted beans ...


While it is true that alcohol disinfects, it is also a poor hydration source. First beers (e.g. in Egypt) were low alcohol content, even kids could drink it, and they were mayor protein/nutrition source while being more or less germless. You can argue that this is already a hygienic use. Southern and Middle Europe wine was much more available for drinking ...


In Anglo-Saxon England, beer was watered down, with the most watered-down called "small beer" which was used in place of water for drinking and cooking. The phrase small beer is still used, though now it means of low priority in the sense of lacking importance.


Must be much more recent than their posts suggest: whisky was always the only drink for new year in UK until 1980s I suspect

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