Interesting Facts About Alcohol: ‘Sedative Hypnotic’ Drug

What happens to your body after you take your first sip of alcohol? Alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol) is the ingredient found in beer, wine and spirits that causes drunkenness. Alcohol is formed when yeast ferments (breaks down without oxygen) the sugars in different food.
Despite the great controversy in terms of both physical and mental health, drinking alcohol is a worldwide phenomenon. Every country has its own favorite alcohol beverage and there are many nations arguing about who the world´s heaviest drinker is.
Alcohol has been around for thousands of years and in the course of time, many interesting alcohol-related facts have emerged.
While choosing the perfect cocktail for your dinner date, did you ever think about the history of those alcohol, like where they came from or in which part of the world they are produced.
Did you know that some alcohol beverages can only be produced in the certain regions of the world and that there are strict laws, which do not allow the production of those drinks outside the defined area? Yes, that’s true. Surprised? Here are 20 interesting facts about alcohol that will blow your mind:
1. It only takes 6 minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol.
2. Alcohol doesn’t make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories.
3. People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance.
4. Over 30% of cancer could be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, having a healthy diet and physical activity.
5. The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content.
6. Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets: 5 cans of beer for a day’s work, plus €10 and tobacco.
7. In professional shooting, Alcohol is considered to be a performance-enhancing drug because it relaxes you and slows your heart rate enough to give you an edge.
8. In late 19th-Century, millions of American children learned in school that just one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness, madness or even spontaneous combustion.
9. There’s a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, just to purchase cheap alcohol.
10. Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting to Christianity or Islam. He sent envoys to study both religions, but upon hearing that Islam forbade alcohol, he got baptized.
11. Alcohol is prohibited in the UK Parliament with one exception: the chancellor can drink while delivering the annual budget statement.
12. People drink more slowly when alcohol is served in straight-sided glasses than when it’s served in glasses with curved sides, a research found.
13. Giving up Alcohol for just one month can improve liver function, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of liver disease and diabetes.
14. Alexander the Great once held a drinking contest among his soldiers. When it was over, 42 people had died from alcohol poisoning.
15. 3.5% of cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to the consumption of alcohol. The World Health Organization has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen.
16. Alcohol consumed with food is absorbed more slowly, because it spends a longer time in the stomach.
17. Comet Lovejoy released as much alcohol as the amount found in 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity.
18. Jose Cuervo is still produced on land granted to the family by the King of Spain in 1758. It was the first business to receive a license to produce tequila and is the oldest family run business in Mexico.
19. If the Ancient Persians decided something while drunk, they had a rule to reconsider it when sober. If they made a decision sober, they would reconsider it while drunk.
20. Snake wine is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol, which is considered an important curative according to Traditional Chinese medicine.

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