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History of beer
Beer culture
The history of beer
Beer culture
The etymology of beer is uncertain. Two words are associated with it: bibere and cervisia. Bibere is Latin and means to drink. The explanation would seems simple, but until now it has been the only probable one. Cervisia strongly resembles cerveza, the Spanish word for beer. Cervisia is apparently derived from Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. Beer is considered to be agricultural product in this context.

That Belgium is a country with a definite beer culture is clearly reflected in its language and sayings. They can “bring life to the brewery (liven things up)”, “fight against the beer quay (fight a losing battle)” or something might be “no small beer”. Bad tempered “little girls” can sometimes be called “a barrel of sour beer” and it can be said of headstrong, noisy boys that “young beer still has to ferment”.

Sensible beer drinking is healthy

One 25 cl glass of beer is better than none. Two are even better, but more than three is ill advised.
Beer is not unhealthy. On the contrary, if drunk moderately it acts against the occurrence of heart and circulatory diseases, possibly plays a protective role against some forms of cancer, and reduces the general level of mortality. This has been shown by various scientific studies, the main ones of which you will find in this document.
That sensible beer drinking is also good for the soul does not need any scientific confirmation.

Beer also provides a number of important nutrients, including carbohydrates, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. It is not without reason that beer is called liquid bread. Beer does not make you fat either: 1 litre of lager contains fewer calories than the same quantity of wine or soft drink.

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Alcohol is a stimulant

Together with coffee, alcohol (including beer) is one of the most used stimulants in the world. Alcohol puts the drinker in a positive mood and helps him or her to relax mentally. The danger of drinking ever increasing amounts can constitute a real problem for some people, however. When the drinker notices that he or she will use alcohol in order to get intoxicated or to forget about problems, then he or she is clearly going down the wrong path. The same also applies to excessive eating.
It can be assumed that certain people run a greater risk of developing in the direction of alcoholism. People with serious psychosocial problems belong to the risk groups, as they cannot resist the group pressure to drink more, and there are also people who have a certain hereditary predisposition towards drinking.
It goes without saying that alcohol can only have a positive influence on general wellbeing when consumed sensibly in moderation.