Alcohol is a beloved social beverage. Jugs from the late Stone Age period talk even show that people intentionally fermented drinks during the Neolithic period. Primates ancestors eating fermenting fruit helped us gain the ability to metabolize alcohol. Now more than half of the planet enjoys alcohol in their everyday lives.
If you want to know more fun facts about alcohol, then you’ve come to the right place. There are so many myths about alcohol. If you’re ready to learn some truths, here’s another interesting fact about alcohol:
First the Brain, then the Body
Once you have a drink, alcohol reaches your brain through your bloodstream in only five minutes. Once in your brain, it affects the neurotransmitters that either increase or decrease brain activity through electrical impulses. To start affecting your body, though, it needs about 10 minutes. 20 minutes later your liver activates with processing your beverage.
Would have a you 67.5% vol beer?
Don’t ever underestimate the strength of a beer! Scotland knows what we’re talking about with their Brewmeister Snake Venom beer of 65% alcohol. This potent beer is made through fractional freezing, where the beer is cooled down until the water freezes but the alcohol does not. When removing the ice, a higher percentage of alcohol is left. Expect a sweet, nutty aroma, a fruity flavor, and a burning intense finish.
Milkshakes originally contained alcohol
Here’s one of our oldest funny alcohol facts: In 1885 a milkshake wasn’t a treat for the kids, but a grown-ups’ favorite booze. Milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink similar to eggnog. Reaching the 1900s milkshake was made with ice cream or malted milk, vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry syrup, and no alcohol.
Don’t get a fish drunk in Ohio
Here’s a strange and interesting fact about alcohol: In Ohio, it’s illegal to get a fish drunk. This is one of those weird laws that are hard to comprehend how and why anyone came up with. You can still enjoy a beer on the lake though, just don’t drop it in! You never know who’s watching!
600 Grapes = 1 Bottle of Wine
Next time you spill your wine, take a minute to remember all those grapes involved in the making of it. Winemakers talk about the amount of grapes that go in one bottle of wine and the numbers are amazing. Between 600 - 800 grapes fill up a bottle!
Legally to drink at 5 years of age
In the UK it’s legal to drink once you reach 5 years of age. Drinking in public is legal after 18 years of age. At home on the other hand, under parents’ discretion, minors can drink alcohol between 5 - 17 years old. Now, we aren’t giving you any ideas, and keep in mind the health reasons why it might not be the best idea.
Happy Hour still illegal at some places
In Massachusetts, Alaska, Indiana, and a few others places, Happy Hour is illegal. If you have more than one drink in front of you at the same time is also not the best idea as you may get yourself in trouble. Multiple ongoing beverages are illegal in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont!
Fructose & Metabolism
Fructose speeds alcohol metabolism by 80%. It doesn’t matter how many sugary or fatty foods you have, or what you drink, your body will eliminate only a certain amount of alcohol. A lot of fructose though speeds up the process, but it takes 100 grams of it before it works.
Vodka Freezes at -16.51F
You probably thought that vodka never freezes but only gets incredibly cold. Vodka does freeze but your home freezer could certainly not reach the temperature needed for this alcohol to freeze. To turn your vodka into a block of ice you’d need at least -16.51F (or -26.95C).
Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass when drinking. This tongue-in-cheek phobia derives from kenós, meaning empty, and silica, or glass, both from Ancient Greek. It’s not a recognized medical condition, but we’ve all felt this when faced with glasses lacking in drinks like beer, wine, or a cocktail.