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What could possibly replace beer?

Water The idea that medieval people drank beer because they did not have access to safe drinking water is a complete and unfounded myth. To quote Steven Harris and Bryon L. Grigsby in their book ...
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Will people keep drinking alcoholic drinks even if they don't get intoxicated anymore?

Despite the stereotype, people don't drink alcohol only to get drunk. It's a food or drink which has its own taste, like any other, most of which doesn't need to get people drunk for them to want to ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

Brew a nice cup of tea. People all around the world found and used all kinds of herbs and other plants with antibiotic properties since prehistoric times. Popular examples for Europe and North ...
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What would an "excessively sober" dwarf look like if they need alcohol to function?

Someone already had this idea -- it's called knurd and was invented by Terry Pratchett in his Discworld universe. It's basically described as feeling stripped of any comfortable illusions one might ...
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What would an "excessively sober" dwarf look like if they need alcohol to function?

Depressants Firstly, alcohol is a depressant. The chemical interaction with the brain basically slows down parts of it, which in humans, impairs things like reflexes, motor function, perceptive ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

The obvious answer is vinegar. Most vinegars resist spoiling even better than alcoholic beverages. And, unlike wine, where you have to worry about the alcohol turning into vinegar, with vinegar, the ...
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Will people keep drinking alcoholic drinks even if they don't get intoxicated anymore?

Based on precedent, yes, people in your world will keep drinking alcoholic drinks. There is too much cultural momentum behind them. Here are some other similar cases where people keep drinking things ...
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Will people keep drinking alcoholic drinks even if they don't get intoxicated anymore?

My grand-grandfather was superintendent, or whatever it is called, of the workers employed by a farm for their seasonal jobs: harvesting wheat, grape, plowing the soil and so on. My grandfather used ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

Yogurt (etc) Milk contains lactose, also known as milk sugar. There are bacteria that ferments this into lactic acid. Depending on exactly which bacteria and what else you do with it, you get a lot ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

(Spicy) Soups Spices have been used around the world, but particularly in hot countries, for their antimicrobial properties (food spoils more quickly in hot weather) for thousands of years. A soup ...
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Would the loss of intoxication cause a mass withdrawal event?

It depends on both the specific drugs and how the virus works on a physiological level. Not all drugs cause withdrawal, and those that do, do so through different mechanisms. If you want the effect to ...
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What would an "excessively sober" dwarf look like if they need alcohol to function?

If they are like humans, they would suffer alcohol withdrawal. Introduction to Alcohol Withdrawal Despite the variability in the type and severity of symptoms that a person can experience, the ...
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Will people keep drinking alcoholic drinks even if they don't get intoxicated anymore?

Yes.. Beer has a high nutrition value Liquors have a special taste and you feel it in your throat Wines have a unique taste .. so the most obvious answer would be "yes", beer and wine are ...
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What alcoholic drinks would my people make?

You can make "some sort" of alcoholic beverage with *anything" starchy or or having high sugar content. Vodka is made from cereal. You can make wine/cider with any kind of fruit. Mead ...
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What would an "excessively sober" dwarf look like if they need alcohol to function?

To expand on Arne's answer, imagine the effects on society if people could easily see through any politician's promises, see the falseness of a boss's promise to take care of them, or see the real ...
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How can I explain a sudden abundance of naturally-occurring beer?

NOTES You will need to change the numbers and timing to fit. Also, I'm not too happy with how the grains get there. 100 000 000 BC Mount WannaMakaLotaBrew started off life as a crack in the Earth'...
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Will people keep drinking alcoholic drinks even if they don't get intoxicated anymore?

Yes CLARENCE: "I got it! Mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves." NICK: "Hey, look, Mister, we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast." ...
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What alcoholic drinks would my people make?

Potatoes, cereals and grapes are not the only sources for making alcoholic beverages. Cider can be done by fermenting juices of apples, pears, blueberries and any other fruit which has enough sugar in ...
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Would the loss of intoxication cause a mass withdrawal event?

Small but significant Just looking at alcohol, in 2015 it was estimated that 2.6% of people over the age of 15 suffer from alcohol dependence, the vast majority of them male. That's roughly 170 ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

Blood. http://basia.typepad.com/india_ink/2007/09/got-blood.html Many cultures drink the blood of livestock. Currently the Maasai are the ones famous for it, but horsemen throughout history drink ...
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Would the loss of intoxication cause a mass withdrawal event?

Let's talk a little about intoxicants and why it's a Really Bad Idea™ to mess with them like this. The most common legal intoxicant on the planet at the moment is alcohol. Alcohol is a poison that ...
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What would an "excessively sober" dwarf look like if they need alcohol to function?

One relevant fact is that there are a lot of humans who need alcohol in order to get by: namely, people with physiological alcohol dependence. For the sake of convenience, I'm going to call ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

carbonated malt beverage So, your two societies — the hunter–gatherer types and the agrarian types — don't have any naturally–occurring way to obtain alcohol in their foodstuffs. Disregarding, for ...
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How to eat raw chicken without getting salmonellosis?

There is nothing revolutionary in the recipe. In Japan is possible to eat raw chicken sashimi, called torihashi Torisashi is a Japanese dish of raw chicken breast sliced very thin. If the chicken is ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

Kefir or Kumis Kefir and Kumis are drinks made from fermented milk. Beer may have been ubiquitous among sedentary populations, but in the steppes, there wasn't much in the way of grain. Instead, most ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

Kombucha Basically fermented mushroom tea tea fermented with a combination of yeast and bacteria. Similar brewing, fermentation, health/calorie traits to beer, but essentially non-alcoholic.
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Could flammable alcohol be used as a weapon in combat?

Comments under the question address how much alcohol could be in someone's blood. I'll assume you've handwaved away the limitation that they're unconscious by the time they've accumulated enough to ...
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Did young people REALLY drink alcohol in the 1800s?

Everyone (from what we'd now call kindergarten age or lower) drank "small beer" or watered wine on a routine basis for most of the second millennium. First: "small beer" is made ...
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Fungus-based alcohols, how do I booze?

Mushrooms instead of Yeast: I like rek's very thorough answer, but I think we're getting bogged down in semantics about where the sugar source is. Fundamentally, since fungus needs food to grow, any ...
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How fast would 2ft tall people process alcohol?

There's a biologist, Baruch Brody who did the research related to body-mass and metabolism. The famous "Elephant to Mouse Curve" (I'd not heard of it, and yes, I know, it's not a curve) ...
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