Thursday , December 8 2016

Top 10 Amazing Facts about Alcohol

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10. Alcohol is a racist!

Alcohol is a racist, you know why? This is due to the fact that some races tend to process alcohol differently, and this depends on two specific enzymes ADH and ALDH. ADH Determines how your body metabolises alcohol and ALDH takes the waste of the first process and turns it into acid and water. The higher both of them are, the better drinker you are as you will stay sober longer and thus drink more. The two poorest races in this field are the Native Americans and Asians.

9. Alcohol and radiation

In areas affected with radiation, it was always thought that alcohol can actually save your body from absorbing radiation. However, that was proven wrong by a Pittsburg university; they discovered that an antioxidant in the wine that actually helped in reducing the absorbed radiation. Well, getting yourself drunk does not help in the whole radiation thing!

8. Performance
It is usual for some athletes to use alcohol more as it calms their nerves, especially those who engage in gun shooting. To shoot a gun or a rifle, you need to have very steady hands and the alcohol helps in calming the nerves. It is worth mentioning that the World anti-dobing agency has banned any alcohol use during rifling!

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7. Amnesia

I bet that you have at least once in your life had an alcohol blackout! You tend to wake up not knowing what had happened the night before. These blackouts can be short ones, and in some special cases they can be longer depending on how fast you drank the shots and not how much you drank in general. So the next time you try to have fast multiple tequila shots, think again as this makes it more possible to have brain damages later!

6. The persian indulgence

Herodotus reported that the persians used to discuss matters of high importance while they are totally drunk. Then, the next day the decision they made the night before is put in front of them and they either approve it or not. While Voltaire called Herodotus ‘tthe master of lies’, it is somehow tempting to think that this was true.

5. High intelligence

Many US and UK studies have related being of high intelligence to alcohol indulgence and vice versa. You intelligence might lead you to using alcohol to excess and you excessive use of alcohol might lead you to intelligence. Many inspiring artisits and writers were fond of using to excess like Van Gogh and others.

4. Purim

Purim is a feast celebrated by the jews in which they survived a wiping out attempt by Haman. This particular incident is mentioned in the Old Testament in the Book of Esther. It is obligatory that the jews drink alot on this day until they cannot recognise Haman from Mordecai as said in the Talmud. Luckily, the jews by nature are not heavy drinkers as they have a low ADH.

3. Drunk driving to drunk walking

Stephen Levitt and Steven Dunbert made some supposition-based calculations which ended in some ‘different’ results. They have realised that drunk walking is 8 times more dangerous more than drunk driving. These results raised a lot of indignation, especially that 13.000 lives are wasted every year in the US because of drunk driving. Drunk walking might waste your life, but drunk driving might waste lots of lives. You do the math!

2. How to ‘not’ get drunk easily

A normal person witha normal set of enzymes can process about 355 millilitres in an hour. However, it was proved that having brewer’s yeast before drinking could tolerate one’s abbilities to have more drinks. One teaspoon for every unit, it will highten the metabolism and get the alcohol consumed faster.

1. Tiny Toons

In 1991, an episode of Tiny Toons discussed the repercussions of the three boys drinking alcohol. They got wasted and stole a police car and ended up in prison. Well, at least it showed kids how dangerous this could be!

 

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