One of the most used and misused drugs known to man is Alcohol. You must be aware of Alcohol whether, in the form of Wine, Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, or Beer. People find many reasons to drink it whether, on the pretext of a family function, a painful situation, or to be sociable. Sometimes it is easily forgotten that Alcohol is an addictive substance. An odd glass of wine, beer, or whiskey is socially acceptable. However, the problem occurs when it is consumed in excess. Despite all the discourse about the ill effects of alcohol on human health, the existence of alcohol in the human society can’t be negated. Here are some interesting facts about Alcohol worth knowing:
1. An Ancient Beverage!
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is not new to humans. The existence of fermented beverages has been reported in early Egyptian civilization. There are also pieces of evidence that alcoholic beverages existed in China around 7000 B.C. Several Native American civilizations have been reported to develop alcoholic beverages in pre-Columbian times.
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2. The God of Wine!
The consumption of alcoholic beverages reached its pinnacle in ancient Egypt. Although Egyptians were familiar with many local gods, Osiris, the God of Wine, was worshipped throughout the country.They believed that Osiris also invented Beer.
3. The Presidential Drink!
Alcoholic beverages have had a close connection with some of the US Presidents. From John Adams to George W. Bush, alcohol was dearest to all of them. It is said that John Adams started drinking beer as his breakfast since he was 15, and he kept on the tradition till his death, at the age of 90.
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4. Booze in Europe
Booze in Europe is very common. It is so common that even a teenager can obtain an alcoholic beverage and guess what? They don’t even need to go to a bar. Booze is easily available at the cafeterias of many high schools in Europe. You can even find it on the menu at McDonald’s.
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5. Teenage Drinking in U.S.
Contrary to Europe, United States has the strictest drinking laws in the West. Drinking age in U.S has been raised to 21. MADD- Mothers Against Drunk Driving successfully lobbied Congress resulting in a law imposing federal penalty on any state that didn’t follow.
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6. It all dates back to Thanksgiving
I guess you would be surprised to discover that the first Thanksgiving feast was not like the ones we have today with mashed potatoes, turkey and all sorts of delicacies. Instead Thanksgiving was enjoyed with beer, brandy, gin and wine.
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7. Antique Recipe
Can you guess what’s the oldest known recipe in the world is? Surprise! It’s beer.
8. The Billionaire Vodka
At 3.75 million dollars, “The Billionaire Vodka” is the world’s most expensive vodka. Wonder why so pricey? It is ice-filtered first, then filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and at last through a sand of crushed diamonds and gems. Not only this, it is encased in platinum and rhodium with diamond coated crystal bottle.
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9. Your body can brew alcohol too
Japanese doctors have discovered that in auto-brewery syndrome, candida yeast in the intestines churn alcohol inside patient’s body which can even cause drunkenness.
10. Heard about Tarantula brandy
Tarantula brandy is the most popular drink in Cambodia. It is an appetizing drink including rice liquor and freshly dead tarantulas. No kidding, the drink actually has dead tarantulas.
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11. Space booze
The largest supply of alcohol is not on earth but in deep space. Astronauts have discovered a cloud of pure alcohol floating out there in space, extending across 300 billion miles.
12. Drinking effect
Wonder why you forget everything after drinking? It’s due to the effect of alcohol on the hippocampus. You actually don’t forget anything after getting drunk; your brain just stops recording new memories.
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13. The Atomic Cocktail
Atomic Cocktail is a real radium based alcoholic drink which is served in missile shaped bottles. It is said to cure minor fevers, headaches and depression but has adverse effects after prolonged exposure.
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14. Now that’s a party!
At George Washington’s farewell party the founding fathers drank 60 bottles of claret, 22 bottles of porter, 7 bowls of alcoholic punch, 54 of Madeira, 8 of whiskey, 12 beer, 8 bottles of hard cider. There were 55 people at the party.
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15. How does Ozzy Osbourne party hard?
Scientists analyzed the entire genome of Ozzy Osbourne to find out how he got through decades of extreme drug abuse without being harmed. It was discovered that he has various genetic mutations that were never seen before which lets him party hard and survive extreme alcohol and drug abuse.
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16. Pruno or prison wine
Thanks to pruno or prison wine, it is now possible for prisoners to get drunk. This alcoholic liquid is made using apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, sugar, ketchup and various other ingredients including bread. It can be produced easily and is quite cheap. The taste is said to be like a vomit flavored wine cooler.
17. And we got cocktails!
Cocktails like the sidecar, Mary Pickford, French 75, Barbary Coast and Bee’s Knees gained popularity during the Prohibition. These were offered to cover up the flavor of poorly made alcohol.