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Monogamous cultures have increased alcohol consumption! - Elf M. Sternberg
Monogamous cultures have increased alcohol consumption!
Intriguingly, across the world the main social groups which practice polygyny do not consume alcohol. We investigate whether there is a correlation between alcohol consumption and polygynous/monogamous arrangements, both over time and across cultures. Historically, we find a correlation between the shift from polygyny to monogamy and the growth of alcohol consumption. Cross-culturally we also find that monogamous societies consume more alcohol than polygynous societies in the preindustrial world. We provide a series of possible explanations to explain the positive correlation between monogamy and alcohol consumption over time and across societies.

Women or Wine, Monogamy and Alcohol, from the American Association of Wine Economists

[ht Tyler Cowen]

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