chapter  12
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Wine, health and abuse*

The Hearst Papyrus from ancient Egypt (1550 BC) serves as one of the oldest materials to document wine being used as a therapy. Twelve of two hundred sixty prescriptions specified wine (Lucia, 1963). In the Old Testament, wine was mentioned as a remedy, wound dressing and medicine. The Talmud suggests that wine comforts, refreshes and is nutritious and its health impact is such that if it is absent then medicines are required (Lucia, 1963). A seventh century Greek author described wine as the best remedy for fatigue, distress, pain and sorrow (Lucia, 1963), entities now treated with painkillers, sedatives and Prozac.