The Influence of Drinks Throughout History
If you are among the millions of people who drink the same amount of water every day, then you are part of a vast majority that answers the question “why do we need to drink water?”. Water helps to maintain our bodies hydrated; it flushes toxins out of the system and prevents dehydration; it lubricates and smoothes joints and muscles and aids in the digestion process; it even serves as a natural body cleansing agent when we drink enough water. All of these things help us to live longer and achieve our most basic bodily functions. Without these things, we would not be able to survive.
Water is absolutely essential for life and the average person consumes about 2 quarts of liquid each day. A popular beverage is water; however, other drinks are important too. Other beverages play key roles in modern society as well. Examples of these include tea, milk, coffee, plain water and sodas.
Most people think that tea and coffee are beverages that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. However, the two beverages have slightly different purposes in the human consumption system. While tea can be enjoyed at any time, coffee is consumed at specific times such as breakfast and/or lunch.
Coffee is a drink that provides a caffeine rush that is the result of the caffeine converted to niacin from the beans. This form of caffeine is the main ingredient in coffee, and it provides the jitters, alertness and energy effects that many people associate with drinking coffee. The effects of caffeine wear off over time, and the drinking of coffee will not necessarily provide the same jitters, alertness or energy effects for the entire duration of the coffee drinking experience. In other words, when drinking coffee one must take into account the amount of caffeine contained within the drink and its duration as well.
Another example of one of the most popular drinks throughout history is that of wine. Wine is often associated with important social events and occasions such as birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries. The wine is often drunk with meals and has been found to be somewhat more responsible than the other alcoholic drinks mentioned above.
The number of alcoholic and mixed drinks can vary tremendously depending on the social gathering and/or event. Cocktail parties are a common social occasion where the mix of alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages is much more common than at other social gatherings. The general mixing of cocktails have led to a cocktail being referred to as a drink instead of a meal. The mixing of alcohol with a lighter form of sugar is also common at cocktail parties. Sugar free cocktails are becoming increasingly popular and have taken the place of more traditional cocktails.