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Another people that didn’t have alcohol were the indigenous people of Aotearoa (NZ). The Māori never had any plants or alcohol in their system, while many Polynesian islanders drank ground Cava.


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For a detailed account, see Syndney Mintz's classic book Sweetness and Power, especially the chapter "Consumption". On p. 149 he mentions that by 1900, sugar "was contributing on average nearly one-sixth of per-capita caloric intake" for England as a whole, and that the portion would have been significantly higher for working-class women and children. You ...


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