ELI5: In ancient times and places where potable water was scarce and people drank alcoholic beverages for substance, how were the people not dehydrated and hung over all the time?

Edit: this got way more discussion than expected!!

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Compulsively drinking non-alcoholic beverages.

I’ve been sober since January 2nd, I’m very proud of myself, but a little bit concerned with my complete dependence on ingesting other non-alcoholic beverages. I was the kind of alcoholic that was drinking from morning to night. To compensate for this, I’ve been drinking roughly 2-3 litres of soda water, 1 litre of Diet Coke, and 1 litre of tap water every single day. If I don’t have a glass or bottle of something in my hand I feel like I can’t manage. Is there a way to break this habit?

I know it’s way better than alcohol, but I’d like to stop peeing every 15 minute, and I really don’t think one should drink that much liquid every day.

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In Belo Horizonte - Brazil, where the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited to avoid crowds, the bars are PAINTING glasses black to serve beer and leaving bottles of Coca-Cola on the table to make figuration.
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Alcoholic Beverages ?!

I’ve tried White Claws and a few other seltzers, but I think 4 points is a little bit too high for a 5% ABV ! I gained some pounds back in just one weekend lol. Does anyone have any cocktail suggestions? I’ve heard of using club soda and diet Sprite? I prefer light drinks (vodka) to dark. Would love any premixed suggestions like seltzers but I doubt there’s many below 4pts....

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what are the best non-alcoholic beverages that you’ve tried?

I was originally going to label this coffee and tea brands, but I remembered a conversation with my boyfriend awhile back about trying more small brand soda, so hopefully this title works!

My family and I have been having discussing switching more of our buying categories to smaller businesses and indie brands, and coffee and tea are one of the things we buy the most- being avid coffee drinkers since birth (literally) and from the south.

Again, any beverage category works!! I remember a post thread awhile back that was specifically about hot chocolate that I had bookmarked for recommendations. I should go look for that again...

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What is your favorite non alcoholic beverage?
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Cheers to everyone watching and drinking along (non-alcoholic beverages definitely included)!
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How much households are spending on food in the EU: Households in Romania spent around a fourth of total household consumption expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages (26.0%), followed by households in Lithuania (20.2%) and Estonia (19.3%).
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Non-alcoholic Beverage

I'm re-watching the series for I don't know how many times, and it just dawned on me.. Where was Andy while Jackie and Fred were getting drunk with Dan in the garage during the Super Bowl?

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What alcoholic beverages or mixed drinks should you get when hosting a party?
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What's the best alcoholic beverage you've ever had?
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Best place for fun fruity/chocolate-y alcoholic beverages for post COVID!

Hello! Title says most of what I needed to. I’ve come seeking your guidance in helping build myself a list of places with great alcoholic beverages that lean towards the sweet side of the table. Thank you for any help at all!

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[WP] Alcoholic beverages are the blood of various gods. A distillery is really a prison where a god is kept, fed, and bled. You will inherit one from your grandfather, who is showing you the ropes.
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If the various presidents were embodied by alcoholic beverages, who would be what drink?
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This account really gets me at times. According to this person, women should drink β€œfeminine” alcoholic beverages, and not masculine ones. Also, women should have at least one male or family around her to make sure she doesn’t drink too much.
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Not drinking alcohol at parties should be normalized and non-alcoholic beverages should also be offered.

I have seen way to many friends and family members being teased and coerced into drinking at parties. It seems like the norm is to have some type of alcoholic beverages and if you don't drink you are called out for being a party-pooper. I think if someone turns down a drink, that should be the end of it, not teasing and coercion.

EDIT to add: I understand you can drink water. My point is mostly about how not drinking at a party can result in coercion and making a person have to explain why they aren't drinking. And also the pressure that is felt to drink when you go to a party.

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What alien species in Star Wars do you feel has the weakest/strongest alcoholic beverage in a local bar ?
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It’s about MFC time! $110 after tax, thanks utah dept of alcoholic beverage control!
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Maybe it'll take off as an alcoholic beverage
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Non-alcoholic Beverages

Anyone have a nice recipe for a punch or beverage non-drinkers, DDs and kids would enjoy at a wedding? I want to be sure everyone has something delicious to sip on.

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So if 2020 was an alcoholic beverage what would it be and what would You call it when you ordered it from a bartender?
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This is a nasty local delicacy from Chicago called Malort and it's touted as one of the bitterest alcoholic beverages on the planet. Something that tastes this bad has to be good for you. Or poison. Possibly poison. youtube.com/watch?v=fsfSf…
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Future Lawyers: How many alcoholic beverages do you consume per week?

With alcohol's prevalence in the legal realm, what are your general drinking habits? If you don't drink regularly, do some approximating about where the average would fall if it was spread out.

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Non-alcoholic beverages? Need advice!

I'm day 6 of no drinking. Really have no desire to drink AT ALL but I'm going on vacation with my heavy drinking family. Has non-alcoholic beverages worked for other newly sober people?? Like NA beer or seltzer's?

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I'm running out of non-alcoholic beverages to drink, any suggestions?

When I get home from work I usually slam beers but now that I'm not drinking I find myself chugging bottles of Gatorade, tea, water, etc. but they're becoming boring quick because they're not actually what my brain is craving. I don't want to drink soda because I want to avoid the sugar and I can't be drinking coffee at midnight when I get home.

What are your guys go-to drinks? I need something with some flavor that won't mess with my system if I drink a lot of it.

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Protip: BYO non-alcoholic beverages for gatherings

I was at a holiday party with some acquaintances last night. The hosts were cooking dinner, we were bringing desert. 8 people in total (we've all been quarantining and live close by). We also decided to bring a 6 pack of beer that has been in our fridge for a few weeks (since I decided to stop drinking), and on top of that I decided to bring some sparkling water in case the hosts didn't have anything non-alcoholic.

When we got to the hosts' house, they asked if I wanted anything to drink and I asked if they had anything non-alcoholic... other than water they did not, and it was a little awkward. I told them no worries, I brought my own, and they got me a nice chilled glass from the freezer for it :)

Because I had something in hand that I sipped slowly for the rest of the night, no one else asked me if I wanted anything to drink, reducing pressure to continuously say no!

I guess there's two protips in one here:

  1. Consider bringing your own non-alcoholic drinks to gatherings.
  2. If you're hosting, always have non-alcoholic options available.

Edit: some typos

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