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Did You Know?

Welcome to the world of alcohol facts

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  • In Fairbanks, Alaska, it is illegal to feed a moose any alcoholic beverage
  • Regular alcohol use lowers sperm count in men and fertility in women
  • The "toast," meaning a wish of good health, originated in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine
  • Marilyn Monroe was said to have once filled up her tub with 350 bottles of Champagne, and proceeded to take a long, luxurious bath in it
  • People start acting drunk much quicker than the time it actually takes for the alcohol to take effects. This is because they expect to be drunk so act accordingly
  • A bottle of wine stored in the refrigerator after opening lasts up to 16 times longer than it would if stored at room temperature 
  • The 'sickies' people take because of hangovers total around 640,000 lost working days every year in Britain
  • It is claimed that England's love affair with gin began when soldiers originally brought back the drink or "Dutch courage" from Holland
  • The adulteration of alcohol beverage was punishable by death in medieval Scotland
  • A doughnut and a large glass of wine have around the same number of calories (200) 
  • Whisky is the only alcohol in the phonetic alphabet and is used as the letter W.........Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta........Whisky, X-Ray, Yankee, Zulu!  
  • Dipsomania is the term for an abnormal or insatiable craving for alcohol
  • It takes your liver 1 hour to process 1 unit of alcohol - bear this in mind if you're driving the next day 
  • In the 1830's, both Glasgow and Edinburgh had one pub for every 130 people  
  • Marriages where there are alcohol problems are twice as likely to end in divorce  
  • The honeymoon originates from Viking times. To celebrate a wedding the Vikings drank mead (a honey based beer) through the 28 days of the moon's cycle hence honeymoon!  
  • Vikings also used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels
  • The Manhattan cocktail, (whisky and sweet vermouth), was invented by Jennie Jerome, who was Winston Churchill's mother
  • Drinking lowers rather than raises the body temperature. There is an illusion of increased heat because alcohol causes the capillaries to dilate and fill with more warm blood
  • A raisin dropped into a glass of champagne will repeatedly bounce up and down between the top and the bottom of the glass 


  • The longest recorded champagne cork flight at Woodbury Vineyards, New York State, in 1988, four feet from ground level, was 177 feet & 9 inches (54.2 metres) long  
  • There are reckoned to be about 50 million bubbles in a regular bottle of Champagne
  • Drinking coffee doesn't actually sober you up
  • Methyphobia is fear of alcohol
  • Women may find their reaction to alcohol is affected by hormone level changes that occur during the menstrual cycle
  • There is a cloud of alcohol in outer space with enough alcohol to make four trillion-trillion drinks. It's free for the taking. . . but it's 10,000 light years away from Earth
  • White wine gets darker as it ages while red wine gets lighter
  • Drinking alcohol after a workout can cancel out any physiological gains you may have received
  • In Malaysia, drunk drivers are jailed and so are their spouses
  • According to the writer H. L. Mencken, 17,864,392,788 different cocktails could be make from the ingredients in a well-stocked bar
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