I’ve read in books that consumption of beer was high before modern water treatment because it was safer to drink than untreated water, and that most of the beer that was consumed on an everyday basis was “small beer” i.e. with low alcohol content.
Is it possible to drink only low alcohol beer for all your body’s needs without becoming dehydrated?
I remember having monstrous hangovers in my youth and the feeling of dehydration that was part of that.
And are we to assume that once they were weaned from mom’s breasts that children drank only cow’s or goat’s milk and beer?