You may know where to find a glass of Pappy Van Winkle or where they grew the hops in your favorite IPA, but we’ll bet you didn’t know these 10 weird factoids about alcohol.
UNDER PRESSURE: A bottle of champagne contains 90 pounds of pressure per square inch (3 times the pressure of a car tire) and as many as 49 million bubbles.
EASY IN, EASY OUT: Ethanol, the intoxicating ingredient in alcoholic beverages, pours directly out of the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream without being digested.
DRINK YOUR VEGGIES: Almost all fruit, and some vegetables, contain a small amount of alcohol.
BLIND DRUNK: Methanol (a distillation of wood pulp) can destroy the optic nerve. Unscrupulous bootleggers used it to cut grain alcohol during Prohibition, which is how the term originated.
BABY BOTTLES: You probably know that the legal drinking age in much of Europe is 16. But one step further: alcohol is even served in some school cafeterias. Teenage drinking laws in the United States are the strictest in Western society.
GOT MILK? Drinking enough milk can cause a person to blow a .02 on a breathalyzer test, enough to cause legal issues in some states.
IN OTHER WORDS, A BUNCH: It takes about 600 grapes to make a bottle of wine.
CAVEMEN WERE SMART: Research suggests that intentionally fermented beverages existed as early as 10,000 BC.
A BATHTUB OF BEER: The country that drinks the most beer is the Czech Republic, with per capita consumption of almost 40 gallons per year.
HOPE THEY’RE NOT UBER DRIVERS: Research suggests that 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk at any given time. That means 50 million people are drunk right now.
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