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~ Topic Discussion ~ 206 ~ The Alcohol Experience  ~ Part One ~ Origins ~

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Adapted from Science News


Most primate ancestors (apes) wouldn¡¯t have been able to metabolize ethanol (alcohol).

But at the branching point leading to gorillas, chimps and humans —  roughly 10 million years ago — the enzyme that breaks down alcohol became a powerful digester.


At this time, our ancestors came down from the trees and began eating fermented fruit that had fallen to the ground. This allowed them to slowly accommodate the poisonous effects of alcohol and to have (enjoy?) the experience of ¡°drunkenness¡±.



Adapted from National Geographic


The idea of winemaking may have occurred to our alert and resourceful ancestors when they observed birds gorging themselves silly on fermented fruit and decided to see what the buzz was all about.






206Set ~ 1 ~

1) Is there anything that surprises you about the history of alcohol in the above text?

2) Do you think that alcohol can generally enhance the quality of life? Explain. Give examples.

3) What is the role of alcohol in your society? Do the majority of people favor its use? Why or why not?

4) Are there any historic rituals (for example, weddings) associated with alcohol in your country? Describe.

5) Do you drink or know someone who does? What is your experience with alcohol? Tell a story.


~ Topic Discussion ~ 206 ~ The Alcohol Experience  ~ Part Two ~ Alcohol and Society ~

~ Topic Discussion ~ 206 ~ The Alcohol Experience  ~ Part Three ~ Hangovers and Cures ~

~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


For specifics, see TLW Classroom Lesson Procedures: Click here     Click to print QUESTIONS/QUESTIONS

~ 25 Unbelievable Facts About Alcohol ~ You Tube ~

206Set ~ 2 ~

1) What is the legal age to drink alcohol in your country? Should it be changed? Why or why not?

2) Have you ever had a cocktail? Are they popular in your country? Where are they served? Are they expensive?

3) Is it legal to drink in public in your country? Where do people do it? Have you ever done so? Tell a story.

4) Is public drunkenness a problem in your country? Are there any laws against it? Describe what you have seen.

5) Do you believe marijuana should be made legal if it is proven to reduce alcohol abuse? Why or why not?


~ How To Cure A Hangover ~ You Tube ~

206Set ~ 3 ~

1) Do you think there is a cure for the hangover? How do people in your country cure their hangovers?

2) What are some of the home remedies or recipes people use to cure a hangover? What do you think works?

3) Do you think the government/researchers should spend money and time on hangover cures? Why or why not?

4) Do you think hangovers cause a loss of profits to the companies/corporations in your country? If so, how?

5) Do you think hangovers could cause accidents in the home or in work environments? Give your opinion.


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