unbelievable facts about alcohol
Diet mixers get you more drunk
. According to study conducted in early 2013, spirits mixed with diet pop get you 18 percent drunker than spirits mixed with the full fat varieties. The theory is that your body recognises full sugar drinks as food, which slows down alcohol absorption, whereas diet drinks do not. So before you tease anyone for ordering a vodka and Diet Coke, remember They are drinking the hard stuff.
Wanting to get drunk is natural Possibly
. The drunken monkey hypothesis put forward by Dr. Robert Dudley of the University of California suggests that human attraction to ethanol (pure alcohol) may have a genetic basis.He argued that the primate ancestor of homo sapiens had a high dependence on fruit as a food source, and consequently developed a genetic attraction to ripe and overripe fruit, which contains you guessed it ethanol. Hurrah.
Big lads are not necessarily the biggest drinkers
. A beer belly might mean you have consumed a lot in the past, but it doesnotmean you can automatically handle more alcohol in one go than someone slimmer. In fact, a lean person will be less affected by booze because water rich muscle tissues absorb alcohol effectively, preventing it from reaching the brain.
Aliens are at it too
. Or at least they could be, if they wanted. Astronomers discovered that there is quite a lot of ethanol in space. As much as 400 trillion trillion beers worth, actually, floating around in an interstellar cloud roughly 10,000 light years from Earth.
Cenosillicaphobia is a real phobia
. And it means being scared of an empty glass, which may just be the cleverest name for someone who loves a tipple ever invented.
It is possible to spend euro700 on one bottle of beer
. Thought to be the world most expensive, a 12 litre bottle of Vieille Bon Secours ale will cost you the best part of grand. It is available in a small number of London restaurants and hotels, has a volume of 8 percent, and is said to have a complex citric, caramel, and toffee flavour with an undertone of liquorice and aniseed.
Tequila has a lot in common with champagne
. Both drinks have Denomination of Origin, meaning they can only be produced in one place (a certain region of Mexico and France, respectively). Also, like champagne, tequila is one of the most closely regulated drinks in the world, watched by the Mexican government, the Tequila Regulatory Council, and the National Chamber of Tequila Producers. And you thought it was just some kind of moonshine brewed in a crazy man bath.
Britain isnotthe booziest place in the world
. Nor is Ireland, Russia, or any other country typically associated with a love for the sauce. Instead, that dubious honour goes to South Korea, who, according to a 2011 World Health Organization study, drinks more hard spirits than anywhere else and is where Jinro soju comes from, the best selling spirit on the planet.
Champagne is dangerous
. And not just because it makes you attempt the worm at wedding discos, either. Thanks to the approximately 49 million bubbles in each one, the pressure in a bottle of champagne is 90 pounds per square inch three times the pressure in car tires meaning a popped cork really could take your eye out.
You wonotfind a drunk moose in Alaska
. A bizarre law makes feeding booze to moose illegal in the state, meaning you are unlikely to encounter one as thoroughly hammered as this guy from Sweden who got off his tree and then into one after guzzling down some rotten fruit in 2011.
Getting a round in really is in the rules
. In 1993, a journalist called William Greaves with a long experience of visiting pubs up and down Britain published a set of guidelines that was welcomed by watering holes everywhere. In it he outlined the unspoken code of conduct that exists when it comes to drinking in a group. So if you ever catch a mate trying to wriggle out of buying a round, you can simply refer him to Greaves Rules to settle any argument.
. People who drink in moderation tend to be healthier and live longer than those who either abstain or abuse alcohol. Moderation means less than 0.01percentof blood or breath alcohol concentration.
. Im 65kg and anything more than 3 pints of beer in an hour, 3 margaritas in an hour, or 3 dry martinis in an hour will make me convictable of driving under the influence.
. Here a tip if youll be driving after drinking. Know that the alcohol effect can be limited by not drinking more than 1 drink each hour.
. Moderate consumption of alcohol does not appear to contribute to weight gain.
. Distilled spirits like ginger wine, vodka, absinthe, whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila and gin contain no carbohydrates, no fats of any kind, and no cholesterol. However, alcohol content is 35 percent.
. Over half of the hospitals in the largest 65 Metropolitan areas in the U. S. have reported that they offer alcohol beverage service to their patients.
. Alcohol does not destroy brain cells. In fact, the moderate consumption of alcohol is often associated with improved cognitive functioning.
. High protein foods help slow the absorption of alcohol into the body. They include cheese, peanut butter, peanuts or any kind of red meat.
. Choosing not to continue drinking anymore may be a bit hard at a gathering. However, you can choose a number of beverages that look like alcoholic drinks. They include tomato juice, lemonade, iced tea, water and ice cubes, club soda with orange juice, tonic water with a twist or wedge of lime, and either orange juice or 7 Up with grenadine. Let toast!
. The alcohol in drinks of alcohol content less than 15percentor more than 30 percent tend to be absorbed into the body more slowly.
. Restaurants and bars often provide free non alcoholic beverages to designated drivers, like fresh lime plus water.
. Designated driver and similar programs have contributed to a decrease in drunk driving fatalities of about one fourth over a period of 10 years.
. Almost 2.5 times more teenagers in the US were current consumers of alcohol in 1979 than in 1997 (50 percentvs. 21 percent)
. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BAFT) refuses to let alcohol producers distribute scientific medical information or evidence on health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption.
. Alcohol abstinence leads to increase risk of heart diseases. Simply put, not drinking any alcohol increases a person chances of suffering heart diseases.
. Many of the health benefits of alcohol consumption are lost if it is not consumed on a regular basis.
. Beverage alcohol contains NO fat or cholesterol of any kind. However, it is packed with calories.
. A mixed drink containing carbonated beverage is absorbed into the body more quickly than straight shots.
. Nearly a dozen states with a .08 BAC level have proposed reducing this level to .06 or lower. Washington State has actually had legislation proposed to make even .02 illegal. This level is exceeded by consuming less than one drink or by simply using mouthwash. Since half of all intoxicated drivers involved in fatal accidents have a BAC of .17 (nearly nine times higher than .02) or greater, is the real interest here in stopping drunk driving accid
. It is never safe or wise to drink heavily, although it is not nearly so very dangerous as usually portrayed in the media. For example, based on data from the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drugs, for a student who binges, (which they define as consuming four to five or more drinks on an occasion), the chance of a fatality is about one in 8,666,667 so called binges. Furthermore, fatalities are disproportionately found among those wh