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Questions tagged [alcohol]

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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Is drinking a half-bottle of wine a night ‘as bad as three cigarettes’

A recent study on the cancer risks of drinking alcohol has been widely reported in news headlines. The Times headline is: Half-bottle of wine a night ‘as bad as three cigarettes’ The BBC summarise ...
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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 ...
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Have the UK official alcohol limits been reduced to a quarter of the levels recommended in 1979?

Before answering the question of whether we can trust health advice we must first ask: ‘Which health advice?’ It varies so much over time and between countries. In 1979, the government advised men to ...
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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 find/interpret....
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Did Christine Ford testify both that she drank alcohol and didn't drink alcohol at the party where she was assaulted?

According to Yahoo! and The Independent: Ford testified that: I did not want to tell my parents that I, at age 15, was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys. but ...
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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 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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In the American west—the world of cowboys and cowhands—was ammunition traded for alcoholic “shots” of a drink?

CLARIFICATION: Just so it’s clear, this question is specifically about the economic claims made by the meme presented below. It is a NOT question concerning the origins and etymology of the word “shot”...
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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 Cristiano Ronaldo drink or smoke?

This image forwarded on WhatsApp makes the following claims about Cristiano Ronaldo. no tattoos (because "he donates blood twice a year and does not want to affect that") doesn't drink (because "his ...
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Does drinking in moderation with parents increase the chances of alcoholism?

In this thread on Parenting Stack Exchange, a comment was made: it turned out that 'drinking with parents in moderation' increased the chances for alcoholism in later life. Is there any basis to ...
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Did the Dalai Lama cause Mongolians to significantly reduce their alcohol consumption?

In an interview with John Oliver in S04E04 of Last Week Tonight there's the exchange: Dalai Lama: One of my previous visits in Mongolia, they drank a lot of Vodka [...] I suggested: Drink much ...
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Does drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at the same time cause any trouble? [closed]

I've not quite done it, because I don't smoke pot often when once I did earlier on this year involved with alcohol but it was very long before I drank.It gave me a vibration in my head and a craving ...
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Does more than one unit of alcohol a day damage your long term brain function and increase the risk of dementia?

In a recent article in the The Times bemoaning modern dietary guidelines the author reports new evidence on the affects of alcohol on the brain (my highlights): To add to the agony, it coincides ...
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Does drinking alcohol improve foreign language skills?

An article in UK online newspaper The Independent has the following headline: Alcohol can help foreign language skills The article reports: Dr Inge Kersbergen, from the University of Liverpool'...
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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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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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Is tequila a probiotic?

This viral video on Facebook, with 31 million views, claims that tequila is a probiotic, enhances insulin production, and helps potentiate certain medications. Is there any truth to this?
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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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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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Can ingested alcohol be beneficial for infection treatment or prevention?

According to lore, drinking alcohol can be beneficial for treatment / prevention of infectious diseases Here are a few notability links: J. London, The Heathen, 1909 The second day a man died, an ...
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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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Can you be drunk by drinking too much alcosynth? [closed]

In Independent article we can read about alcosynth which is a substitute to alcohol by mimicking the same effects, but without having the bad effects. Few highlights: The new drink, known as '...
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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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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 more DUIs occur the morning after drinking rather than the night of?

There have been a few circulations of a claim that more DUIs occur the morning after drinking on certain holidays versus the night of drinking. The idea is that DUIs obtained by unsuspecting people ...
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Can alcohol trigger insomnia?

Refer to the article How a glass of wine before bed wreaks havoc with your sleep: Alcohol disrupts body's internal timer and triggers insomnia: While glass of wine at night may help you drop off, ...
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Does the body get rid of alcocol first before metabolizing food?

In her article The Top 8 Metabolism Myths, the nutritionist of Fitbit writes Go easy on the booze, too; your body will focus on getting rid of the alcohol first, before metabolizing the food. Is ...
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Does alcohol help with HDL cholesterol level?

This article claims that drinking alcoholic beverages helps to increase HDL (i.e. "good cholesterol") levels. drinking moderate amounts of alcohol have been shown to improve "good" cholesterol ...
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Does alcohol make you warmer? [duplicate]

A lot of people seem to think that they can walk around in t-shirts in midwinter after having a few drinks, and people often feel warmer after drinking alcoholic drinks. However, are they actually ...
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Does honey contain traces of alcohol?

This question is similar to the case of bread, but I am more skeptical with honey because of its properties somewhat resemble to an alcohol (being acidic and tangy on tongue). Relative source I ...
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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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Were there ice-cold whiskey vending machines in the 1950s?

This image has been making the internets circuits: usually with the caption: An ice-cold whisky dispenser, sometimes found in offices. (1950s). Were there really such things? It seems photoshopped ...
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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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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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“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 breastfeeding while drunk dangerous?

Is it dangerous for a child to breastfeed from a drunk mother? It doesn't seem to be culturally acceptable, but if breast milk contains roughly the same percentage of alcohol as that person's blood, ...
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Is it harmful to sip a little alcohol in the cold?

I read a recent article on ABC News entitled Cold Weather Myths: What You Need to Know During a Snowstorm. In this article, they claim that: Experts say despite the warm feeling a shot of whiskey ...
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Are 3 in 4 attenders at hospital emergency departments on weekends there because of alcohol?

This claim has been widely repeated this week in many newspapers and news sites (e.g. arstechnica). Here is how the Daily Telegraph repeats it: Three in four people in accident and emergency units ...
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Are the 2016 UK guidelines on alcohol consumption evidence based?

The UK government issues public health advice about how much booze people ought to consume. It has recently revised those guidelines. The previous guidelines were the subject of this SK.SE question: ...
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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 coffee ...
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Is it possible to cure drunkenness? [closed]

Is there a possibility in science where they'll be able to make something that will counteract or defeat drunkenness in such a way that if you get drunk you can drink something to make it go away real ...
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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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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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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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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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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 is ...
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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 think ...
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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 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 ...