Alcohol works wonders on the body and mind, but there are a few things about alcohol that no one tells you about…
Aside from being used as both, a beverage and a surgery aid, there are hundreds of other fascinating facts about the history and usage of alcohol. Here are 15 Interesting Facts about Alcohol
1. It takes only six minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol.
Your brain starts processing alcohol after six minutes of consumption after which it takes your body approximately 30 minutes to react to it.
2. Food before liquor, never sicker.
The peak blood alcohol concentration level can be three times higher in people who drink with an empty stomach than in those who had a meal before drinking. This helps in being more stable when drunk, and having a less bothersome hangover.
3. Alcohol doesn’t really make you forget anything.
When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories hence making it seem like you have forgotten the night.
4. Alcohol is not digested; it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
When ingested, alcohol passes from the stomach into the small intestine, where it is quickly absorbed into the blood and distributed throughout the body.
5. The Strongest Beer in the world has 67.5% Alcohol Content.
Brewmeister Snake Venom currently holds the record for the world’s strongest beer. This beer has a warning label that says not to exceed 35ml in one sitting, so don’t get any ideas for a chugging challenge here.
6. Alcohol is considered as a performance enhancing drug.
In Professional shooting and some other sports, alcohol is banned because it relaxes you and slows your heart rate enough to give you an edge over the other contenders.
7. Alcohol doesn’t increase Body temperature; it actually reduces it.
Alcohol may make your skin feel warm, but this evident heat wave is deceptive. It causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the surface of your skin, making you feel warmer temporarily.
8. The famous Gin and tonic originated in British colonial India.
The British population would mix their medicinal quinine tonic (malaria medicine) with gin to make it more palatable and enjoyable.
9. The Pressure in a Champagne Bottle is more than an Automobile Tyre.
The pressure in a champagne bottle is 90 pounds per square inch, which is three times the pressure in automobile tyre. The popped cork from a champagne bottle travels at 60 miles per hour and can cause some serious damage.
10. Vodka is the Most Popular drink in the world.
Vodka is the world’s most popular liquor by a huge margin, with about 5 billion litres consumed every year.
11. 1 Pint Beer = 1 glass Wine = 1 Shot Vodka
A pint of beer, a glass of wine, and a shot of vodka all contain almost the same amount of alcohol. This obviously affects the person.
12. All cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac.
This is because all Cognac must come from, Cognac, France. If it comes from anywhere else in the world it may not be called ‘cognac,’ but it’s just considered brandy.
13. Brandy is basically Burnt Wine.
The word ‘Brandy’ is derived from the Dutch word “Brandewijn“, which means ‘burnt wine’.
14. Vomiting after a heavy bout of alcohol is a Defense Mechanism.
Vomiting is a part of the automatic defence system of the body. It is activated to prevent more alcohol from being absorbed.
15. 0.914 is the World’s Highest Blood Alcohol Level.
The world record for highest-ever recorded BAC that did not result in death was 0.914 which is more than twice the typical lethal limit and eleven times more than legally drunk.