Interesting and Fun Facts about Alcohol

Author: John Carlton

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Alcohol is obviously a very common controversial term when referring to health, legalities, age and causes of accidents. Alcohol has been used in many different forms all throughout history, but did you know that the oldest known recipe in the world is the one used for beer?

Other than its main use as beverage, there are hundreds of other fun and trivial facts about the history and use of alcohol. Have fun reading through the interesting trivia of the all-controversial alcohol!

  • Alcohol production has been known to have started 12,000 years ago.
  • Most vegetable and almost all types of fruits have a little amount of alcohol in them.
  • It takes an average of 600 grapes to produce a bottle of red wine.
  • Drinking a glass of wine a day will increase your weight to an average of 10 lbs in a year. So, better watch that diet!
  • In the early days of Thanksgiving celebration, it was not all about turkeys or potatoes. You will more likely hear abundance of beer, wine and gin on dinner tables.
  • A bottle of champagne has approximately 49 million bubbles.
  • Another interesting fact about champagne: the pressure in a champagne bottle is 90 PSI and that is actually three times the pressure of your car tire. No wonder we jump a little when opening a bottle of champagne!
  • The national anthem of United States, Star Spangled Banner, was created after a drinking session of men who were humming a drinking song and happened to like the tune which is now the famous US national anthem.
  • In contrary to the common belief that alcohol increases body temperature, it actually does the opposite.
  • Bourbon, the office drink of the United States, got its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky. Congress declared it to be official spirit of the US in 1964.
  • Adolf Hitler was one of the best known abstainers of alcohol in the world.
  • On the other hand, Sir Winston Churchill is known to be one of the heaviest drinkers in the world.
  • Sir Winston Churchill’s mom invented the Manhattan cocktail that is a blend of whiskey and sweet vermouth.
  • United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the whole world.
  • Here’s for you to know: the alcohol content of a regular beer, wine or spirit is virtually similar. We get basically the same effect of breathalyzer.
  • Brandy, whiskey and rum can either be aged for the longest time or maybe not long enough. But who doesn’t enjoy a glass of age-old Jim Beam or Jack Daniel’s?
  • The human body naturally produces alcohol 24 hours day, 7 days a week.
  • In the 1600’s, mercury does not fill a thermometer, brandy does.
  • The term ‘dipsomania’ pertains to abnormal cravings for alcohol.
  • Amazingly, there is a cloud of alcohol in space which can make four trillion-trillion drinks. Now, who says only humans enjoy alcoholic drinks?
  • In Europe, many high school cafeterias allow alcohol to students who wanted a drink.
  • In the same way, many McDonald’s stores in Europe have alcohol in their menu.
  • Distilled spirits like gin, brandy, rum and tequila have no amount of carbohydrates, no cholesterol and no fats of any kind.
  • The body absorbs a mixed drink with carbonated content more quickly than straight shots.
  • Vikings enjoyed their drinking sessions by drinking alcohol from the skulls of their defeated enemies. They don’t really drink it from the mug or bottle like how we knew them to be.
  • The term brandy is coined from the Dutch word ‘brandewijn’, meaning burnt wine.
  • There are 13 essential minerals which are important to human life, and all of these can be found in alcohol.
  • Frederick the Great, who used to be king of Prussia, was drawn to alcohol that he attempted to ban coffee in hopes of getting everyone in Prussia to drink liquor instead.
  • The first recruiting location of the US Marines was a bar.
  • In Alaska, it is illegal to feel alcohol to a moose while it is similarly against the law to do the same to fishes of Ohio.
  • Here is something interesting from Texas state: the state disallows taking more than three sips of beer at a time while you are standing up.
  • According to researchers, 0.7 percent of the world population is drunk at any given time, which could mean that about 50 million people are drunk right as you are reading this.
  • A muscular person has higher tolerance in alcohol than a person with more body fats. The muscle tissues absorb alcohol more efficiently, so it keeps alcohol from reaching the brain.
  • Czech Republic is the considered the most beer-drinking country in the entire world, leaving Germany, US, Ireland, and other ‘beer nations’ far behind.
  • Vodka is the world’s most popular liquor by a large margin, averaging about 5 billion liter consumption annually.

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