Why Do We Like to Get Drunk?

Bacchanal (1625–1626) by Nicholas Poussin, Prado Museum (from Lluís Ribes Mateu, Flickr)

Why do humans like to get drunk? Scientists have written off our affinity for intoxication as an evolutionary mistake, a trick that humans have developed for gaming our biological reward system into releasing little shots of pleasure for no good reason. This, however, is not a satisfying explanation. It should puzzle us more than…

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Edward Slingerland

Edward Slingerland

Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at UBC, author of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization (June 2021)