When it comes to alcohol, most of the world just drinks it without a thought of where it may have come from or any background information; that is definitely normal, but there are some really interesting facts about alcohol in history. For example: The Vikings enjoyed alcohol very much, but they wouldn’t drink it in traditional glasses; they preferred to drink it from the skulls of their defeated enemies. There is an actual syndrome called “auto brewery syndrome,” in which high levels of candida yeast in the intestines churn out so much alcohol that they can cause extreme drunkenness. The Czech Republic is the highest beer drinking country in the world (40 gallons a year). If you’re ever looking for a wild drink to try; Cambodia’s most popular drink is ‘Tarantula Brandy.’ It’s a very interesting concoction of rice liquor and freshly dead tarantulas. For an even more interesting fact; the world’s strongest beer is Brewmeister’s ‘Snake Venom.’ This Scottish beer has a 67.5% ABV. Drink responsibly with this one.
There are 5 billion liters of vodka consumed every year around the world. To learn a bit about Brandy; the word derives from the Dutch word “brandewijn,” which means “burnt wine.” In one of the vineyards in France, it is mandatory for workers to scrape the soil off their shoes before they leave because the soil is so precious. A pint of beer, a shot of vodka, and a glass of wine have almost the exact same amount of alcohol in them. Adolf Hitler was one of the world’s best known abstainers of alcohol, while Sir Winston Churchill was one of the heaviest drinkers. There are always new and interesting things to learn about alcohol throughout history; now you’ve learned a bit about it. Enjoy your signature drink; find the one that suits you best.