Commonly used term which refers to ethanol-containing alcoholic beverages. However, more broadly, the term can also be applied to any organic compound with a hydroxyl functional group bound to a carbon atom, such as methanol.

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Do you bleed more when drunk?

While my friend was getting a tattoo the tattoo artist said you'll bleed more because you're drunk. Is this true?
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Does drinking beer help to cure a hangover? [closed]

It's been a long-known saying that drinking beer cures hangover. It is said that a hangover is your body craving for alcohol, so drinking a beer helps the body. Is it true?
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Can Jarzębiak (rowan fruit nalewka) lead to dangerous blood pressure drops?

I've heard some urban legends / 'drink party tales' about that particular liquor: Jarzębiak is a fruit vodka made from rowan by extracting the fruit through infusion and then mixing the extract ...
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Does eating yeast stop you from getting drunk?

This article claims that eating active yeast powder before drinking will mitigate the effects of alcohol, by breaking down the alcohol before it enters your blood stream. You see, what Owades knew ...
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Does drinking alcohol dehydrate you?

I've often thought that it doesn't and that this was just a myth, and this BBC article backs me up: but [water] can be contained in food, alcohol or caffeinated beverages. Yes, beer and ...
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Does drinking recommended amounts of alcohol do more harm to children aged 13 to 18 than it does to adults?

The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism strongly implies that consuming any alcohol at all while under the age of 18 is excessively detrimental to one's health. While never stated ...
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Do heavy drinkers outlive nondrinkers?

This claim has all the hallmarks of a made up story (too good to be true, against common wisdom, etc.), but is being spread around social media and appears on TIme, who sources it to a scientific ...
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Is the Pareto Principle applicable to national alcohol consumption?

I've been reading Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point, and came across this rather interesting interpretation of Pareto's Principle; Twenty percent of beer drinkers drink 80 percent of all beer. ...
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Does the alcohol content of drinks make you fat?

One of the many arguments used to try and persuade us to drink less is that the calorific content of alcohol contributes to obesity. For example, this article from the UK NHS Choices website argues, ...
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Does filtering cheap vodka improve taste?

Several websites claim that filtering cheap vodka makes it taste more premium: Chow - Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work? Gizmodo - Vodka Alchemy: How to Change Cheap ...
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Is there a correlation between the quality of alcoholic beverages and the likeliness of a hangover?

There is this saying that if you drink alcoholic beverages of good quality (expensive or "well made" whiskey, vodka, wine etc.), you are less likely to get a hangover. Is there any correlation ...
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Do muscle systems operate exactly the same during a hangover?

In Training With a Hangover, Bill Starr says: The first thing I taught them when they stumbled into the weight room with giant hangovers was that the alcohol was nothing more than expensive ...
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Does the human body need alcohol? [duplicate]

Does the human body need alcohol intake? I would like to question the common wide-spread belief that that the healthiest amount of etanol intake is 0 mg/year.
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Does alcohol consumption have an effect on radiation poisoning?

I've just watched the Vice video Hunting the Radioactive Beasts of Chernobyl where they claim that drinking alcohol would prevent (or at least reduce) radiation poisoning effects. However, I've been ...
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Alcohol good or bad? [duplicate]

I see moderate alcohol shows (supposed) benefits for health and long life. I am 42 and experienced a mid life crisis 4 months ago (initially a nervous breakdown). I am slowly getting better but stil ...
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Is Red Bull and Vodka more dangerous than other spirit cocktails?

I've always liked Vodka + Red Bull for how it gets me drunk but also wakes me up and gives me more energy to dance or go out or whatever. But now my Polish friends are telling me the combination is ...
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Does drinking alcohol help a sore throat?

I've heard lots of people claim that whisky or rum or "hot toddies" help with symptoms of a sore throat or a cold. Does it really or is it just people feeling more relaxed because they had a drink? ...
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Does bread contain traces of alcohol?

Many times when the religious permisibility of alcohol is debated (especially in substances with small amounts of alcohol in it) people will claim that even bread has traces of alcohol. How valid is ...
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Does Purell promote antibiotic resistance or “superbugs”?

In its FAQ, the company states: Does Purell® instant hand sanitizer contribute to antimicrobial resistance? No, because alcohol evaporates completely, there is no alcohol left behind to ...
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Did the military start the “No alcohol after vaccines” meme?

The Travel Doctor (a chain of clinics that does vaccination for travellers) claims Can I drink alcohol after vaccines? [Don't drink too much after Japanese Encephalitis vaccine] The myth ...
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Does rabies vaccine have a dangerous interaction with alcohol?

Half a year ago, I got vaccinated against rabies, because I was in a contact with a cat that was bitten by an unknown animal. Better safe than sorry, I went and had my five shots over a period of a ...
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Does heavy alcoholism prevent atherosclerosis?

I’ve heard this claim from several people in Ukraine: people who die of alcoholism tend to have little trace of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits which lead to heart attacks and strokes) in their veins. ...
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Recommended alcohol drinking quantity: are they just making it up?

From an NHS website: To lower your risk of health problems, the NHS recommends that: men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day women should not regularly ...
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Do alcoholic “digestives” help digestion?

Do alcoholic digestives (e.g. grappa, limoncello, sambuca) really help digestion after a heavy meal?
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Does de-stigmatization of alcohol lead to less drunkenness?

It is said (among those that I know) that allowing a minor to consume some alcohol actually encourages responsible behavior when older. The explanations vary, but most have concluded that the removal ...
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Is any amount of alcohol during pregnancy safe?

Doctors seem to always say a woman shouldn't drink at all during pregnancy. But then I have heard a midwife say "it would take a lot of constant drinking to cause fetal alcohol syndrome; you'd be fine ...
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Can the current trends in 'mommy social culture' be tied to an increase in alcohol abuse?

I've recently come across an article that implies that the popularity of wine in conjunction with parenting is resulting in more mothers developing alcohol problems: “So many women I know started ...
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Does milk thistle prevent liver damage in alcoholics?

There are some people who take milk thistle to offset or repair the liver damage caused by chronic alcoholism. Example here Milk thistle and silymarin are commonly used in the United States and ...
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Does eating greasy foods 'help soak up alcohol'?

I've heard that eating greasy foods while drinking or while hungover is good because it helps 'soak up the alcohol'. This is common advice it seems while drinking. Is there any truth to it?
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Does butter before drinking alcohol help with hangovers and getting too drunk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does eating greasy foods 'help soak up alcohol'? I've been told to always take a buttered sandwich prior to going out drinking because it would prevent me from ...
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Does beer kill brain cells?

Oh, Lisa, you and your stories. "Bart is a vampire." "Beer kills brain cells." Now let's go back to that...building...thingy, where our beds and TV...is. -The Simpsons It isn't just Lisa Simpson, ...
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Are restrictions on the supply of alcohol effective at limiting the harm caused by or even the amount of alcohol consumed?

Different countries choose radically different ways to regulate peoples' access to alcohol. Some countries and some US states impose a state monopoly on alcohol sale ; others restrict the hours or ...
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Do Russians drink as much alcohol as their stereotype suggests?

It's a widely held stereotype that Russians drink a lot of alcohol. Is there any research supporting or refuting this belief? Possible metrics I can think of (though you're welcome to add more) can ...
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Does alcohol alter your personality?

It is reasonably well accepted that alcohol lowers your inhibitions. However, I often hear it claimed that specific alcohols "make me mean" or "I become a different person". Is this claim really ...
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Can you get drunk with Vodka vapour using a humidifier?

Can one get drunk with Vodka vapour using a humidifier? As it was shown in a Simpsons episode.
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Do elephants like to get drunk?

While answering the question about elephants and mice, I was reminded of a clip I saw on The Big Bang Theory. The common lore is that they eat the fermenting fruit of the Marula Tree. But that ...
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Beer goggles: Can alcohol make people look more attractive?

Image Source The Cambridge Online Dictionary: If you say that someone is wearing beer goggles, you mean that they have been drinking so much alcohol that they think someone is more sexually ...
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Does consuming different types of alcohol make you more sick than others?

A common saying about drinking is this: Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Sometimes this is followed by: Liquor before beer, you're in the clear. Is there any merit to this? ...
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Does drinking alcohol through a straw make you drunk quicker?

It is said that drinking alcohol through a straw gets you drunk faster. For example, The Drunk Pirate I have absolutely no scientific explanation for why drinking alcohol through a straw gets you ...
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Do certain kinds of alcoholic beverages get one more drunk? [closed]

For example, tequila is widely considered to get one drunk quickly (versus, say, whiskey or vodka). Yet, the percent of alcohol -- proof -- is almost the same (or greater for some whiskeys and ...
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Is the Ballmer Peak real?

There is a myth saying that having a BAC in the 0.129% - 0.138% range can improve your cognitive abilities. This effect is called the Ballmer Peak (a reference to Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft) and ...
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Does alcohol cause cancer?

The latest Cancer Council of Australia claims that alcohol "probably caused about 5.6 per cent of cancers in Australia" and that there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume. ...
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Does lowering the legal BAC make driving safer?

Lower legal blood alcohol concentration limit laws are passed under the assumption that a lower legal limit will reduce the number of accidents. For example, the U.S government lowered the legal BAC ...
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Is Alcoholics Anonymous effective?

In my research I've found statistics for spontaneous remission from addiction: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10976668. The statistics for A.A. seem to be a little more difficult to ...
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“La fée verte”: Is Absinthe hallucinogenic?

Absinthe is a distilled, alcoholic beverage, sometimes referred to as "la fée verte" (the green fairy). Absinthe was banned in many countries during the early 20th century: 1906 - Brazil and ...
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Is LSD more harmful than alcohol?

Having read this Guardian article it seems LSD is a much less harmful drug (both to the user and to others) than alcohol. I live in the UK, where alcohol is legal to buy from age 18 (and to drink from ...
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Is alcohol beneficial in small amounts?

It's widely believed that consuming small amounts of alcohol has many health benefits. As a matter of fact, a lot of alcohol might be good for you, as Wired Magazine reports: It’s one of those ...
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Is alcohol a good enough pain killer to allow for surgery without the patient noticing?

Some urban legends and myths revolve around surgery occurring to a person who has had too much to drink. Is it possible to, as a side effect of the patient drinking too much, reach a point where ...