For the past 10,000 years or so, wherever humans have gathered, there has been alcohol. Some never touch the stuff. But most do. It is used to celebrate, commiserate, mourn, remember and, often, to forget. It is different things to different people: libation, anesthetic, emotional crutch, social lubricant, addictive substance, sacred potion, killer or commodity. In "Proof," contributors consider the charms, powers and dangers of drink, and the role it plays in their lives.
If we dig deep enough, or are honest enough, we can see the role alcohol has played in our lives. Good, bad or indifferent--it is what it is.
Today JB says he has a touch of a bug. He has had the sniffles, clears his throat constantly and has had the chills.
But after a couple of beers, a bottle and a half of Reisling, he seems to be feeling much better.