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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Does the average Russian drink 250mL of vodka a day?

I've seen this claim a few times around the internet: The reality is that the average Russian consumes about a pint of vodka a day; or, one-half of a half liter. Source: Russian Life, 2007 The ...
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Do more people die of drinking related complications than smoking related complications?

Zakir Naik says, Today we have come to know that tobacco in any form smoking chewing etc, is the second largest cause of death. The first largest cause of death of is alcoholism. Several billions ...
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Does drinking coffee, or any other activity, help sober a person?

This article claims that: Also, despite popular belief, "Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help." So, if you're buzzing but ...
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Does smelling alcohol makes you drunk?

After some googling, I found a Yahoo Answers posting that claims: Smelling alcoholic beverages will not get you drunk quickly but it will get you going. Alcohol evaporates at a lower temp that ...
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Did Russia use drunkenness to promote soldier aggression in WW2?

One of my friends claimed that Russians used alcohol heavily in WW2 to manipulate their troops into being less cautious and to increase their aggression. This was supposed to be especially true in ...
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Does water bring out the flavor and aroma in scotch?

I've often heard that adding just a few drops of filtered, room termperature water to scotch helps to "bring out the flavor and the aroma." The scotch guy at my store told me it involves a chemical ...
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Does ethanol activate any taste or smell receptors?

I was reading about reducing wine and came across a claim that alcohol itself has no flavor. But, what about the alcohol? Ethanol, or ethyl alcohol—the byproduct of yeast fermentation—has no ...
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Do vacuum wine stoppers help preserve wine?

Vacuum wine stoppers are very popular, but I don't know how effective they actually are. I've been unable to find any scientific results. I have found plenty of people who have bought the products and ...
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Can drinking beer cause hairloss or more shedding?

I have seen some reports that drinking beer can cause shedding. Maybe it is related to alcohol and estrogens. Can these reports have any foundation? ...
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Does the shape of a wine glass affect the taste of the consumed wine?

Some people believe that the shape of a wine glass affects the taste of the wine inside. From a representative article: Believe it or not, even a modestly decent wine will taste different in every ...
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Do societies that are less abstemious have more sensible drinking patterns?

Questions about whether alcohol consumption is good for you or not have been asked here before (see Is alcohol beneficial in small amounts? and Recommended alcohol drinking quantity: are they just ...
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Is tequila a depressant?

I recently read this Buzzfeed article after witnessing excessive drunk crying. It claims: Unlike other forms of alcohol, tequila is not a depressant. As a source, it quotes Esquire: Tequila ...
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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 ...