Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Alcohol

By Felicia Eisnnicher •  4 min read
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Alcohol
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Alcoholic drinks have been a very important aspect of human civilization for a very long time. Even though many are not aware, our ancestors used to be masters in biotechnology. They managed to tame yeast and in Asia different fungi and bacteria to make things for them. If you told them right now what they were doing, they would have no clue what you’re talking about. Yet, they succeeded and made very valuable products with a lot of craftsmanship.

Now, we know quite a lot about alcohol, but there are a lot of misunderstandings we can explain. It is very important to know your facts when it comes to alcohol because a lot of people think they are experts. In the sea of misinformation that exists today, a lot of harmful things can arise. This misinformation can hurt either you, or someone close to you, or you just want to know the truth about alcohol.

Your sources

There is a lot to uncover when it comes to these beverages and you will want some further reading after this article in the future. It is very important to have good sources regarding alcohol and facts about it. This is a popular subject, thus everyone wants to get a piece of this pie, or make the pie itself. Thus, a lot of people will say a lot about alcohol, but you want sources backed by real evidence and science about alcohol.

Mechanism of action

Let’s get started, how does alcohol give us the effect that almost everyone is so familiar with? It is actually not the alcohol itself, it is the product of alcohol metabolism that is the star of the show. 

Alcohol gets oxidized to acetic acid as the final product which can be used in further energy metabolism. However, it first needs to turn into acetaldehyde, and that is what causes all the silliness associated with alcohol consumption. Very small amounts of acetaldehyde stay in the bloodstream until it becomes acetic acid, and that is the main driving force.


Everyone thinks they know how to handle alcohol, but the truth is a lot of people are quite bad at it. There are a lot of factors one needs to take into consideration before someone attempts responsible consumption. Alcoholism is usually associated with drinking a lot of it at a party and getting wasted. However, alcoholism is more of a constant drinking habit than drinking a lot in one go. If you think you can not go a day without alcohol, that is a sign of alcohol addiction.

Different tastes

Even though alcohol, ethanol to be exact, is the same molecule in every drink, there are other things that bring out different tastes. In beer, it is the product of secondary metabolism during malting. With wine, it is the tannins from the grape that bring out the flavor. In whiskey, it is the tannins from the barrel in which the whiskey was aged. It is the small things that bring out the flavor in alcoholic beverages, not the ethanol itself.

Mixing with other substances

Humans are quite curious creatures and we like to test out a lot of different things. Just think about the first people that discovered honey from bees or cow’s milk. What were those fellas up to when they wanted to try that out?

However, mixing alcohol with anything else that is not an alcoholic drink or a soft drink is a bad idea. Mixing it with prescription medicine, weed, or hard drugs is always a bad idea and a lot of people can testify to that.


There are a lot of health myths regarding alcohol consumption, mostly the good effects of it. There is proof that drinking wine from time to time is quite a nice thing for your body, but that does not apply to 14 tequila shots a night. The article in question had very good quality wine with a lot of natural flavors in it and thus useful natural products. Without such products, any alcoholic drink is just an ethanol solution that the body does not like.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Alcohol
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By understanding the key ways of thinking about alcohol and knowing to read the literature, you will uncover all of the mysteries of alcohol. No matter why you want to know more about this intriguing substance, it is important to know the basics first. You can not learn more about alcohol if you do not have all the basics covered right.

Thus, make sure to think critically about the information you are given and always ask questions no matter the subject. It is very important to have a healthy dose of skepticism, especially in this digital age where information gets spread around way too fast.

Felicia Eisnnicher

I am the Lead Author and Editor at Gemstagram. I am responsible for creating and editing content about the power of gems and crystals. I also teach about Self-knowing, self-understanding and personal empowerment through numerology. My mission is to help people understand the power of gems and crystals, and how they can use that power to improve their lives. I believe that by understanding ourselves better, we can become more empowered individuals who are able to create our own destiny.

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