As people ring in the New Year with dancing and a bit of bubbly, they can consider themselves part of an ancient human tradition.
Several new archaeological finds suggest that alcohol has been a social glue in parties, from work festivals to cultic feasts, since the dawn of civilization.
In the December issue of the journal Antiquity, archaeologists describe evidence of nearly 11,000-year-old beer brewing troughs at a cultic feasting site in Turkey called Göbekli Tepe.
Archaeologists in Cyprus have unearthed the 3,500-year-old ruins of what may have been a primitive beer brewery and feasting hall at a site called Kissonerga-Skalia.
The excavation, described in the November issue of the journal Levant, revealed several kilns that may have been used to dry malt before fermentation.