Alcohol Facts: More Interesting and Important Knowledge

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

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  • It only takes 6 minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol.
  • Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide.
  • Alcohol is not digested; it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
  • About one-third of designated drivers have at least one drink while carrying the title.
  • 48% of the world's population older than 15 claim to have never consumed alcohol.
  • Alcohol doesn't make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories.

  • Each Russian consumes 18 litres (4.8 US gal) of alcohol per year, doubling what experts consider dangerous.
  • There are over 500,000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year.
  • People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance.
  • Over 30% of cancer could be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, having a healthy diet and physical activity.
  • Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

  • The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content.
  • In the U.K., it is legal for kids over 5 years old to drink alcohol at home or on other private premises.
  • Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets: 5 cans of beer for a day's work, plus 10 and tobacco.
  • The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people.
  • In the Middle Ages BEER was consumed more than water as the alcohol made it safer.
  • Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans Every Day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The highest blood alcohol content ever recorded was .91%, more than twice the typical lethal limit and eleven times more than legally drunk.
  • There's a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, just to purchase cheap alcohol.
  • Sigmund Freud recommended Cocaine as treatment for depression, alcoholism, and morphine addiction.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the UK Parliament with one exception: the chancellor can drink while delivering the annual budget statement.
  • 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.
  • Many ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were overweight and unhealthy, in contrast to their typical depiction, due to a sugary diet of alcohol, bread and honey.
  • 31% of rock star deaths are related to drugs or alcohol.
  • During prohibition, the U.S. Congress had their own bootlegger so senators and congressmen could still drink alcohol.
  • 1 in 5 top 100 country songs will refer to alcohol.
  • The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous demanded alcohol during the last few days of his life.
  • Alexander the Great once held a drinking contest among his soldiers. When it was over, 42 people had died from alcohol poisoning.
  • The top 10% of American alcohol consumers ingest about 10 drinks per day.
  • The peak blood alcohol concentration level can be 3 times higher in people who drink with an empty stomach than in those who had a meal before drinking.
  • As a rule of thumb, darker and bitter beers have higher alcohol content.
  • About 50% of Asians have trouble metabolizing alcohol due to a missing liver enzyme needed to process it.
  • 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.