Alcoholic beverage

An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are divided into three general classes: beers, wines, and spirits. They are legally consumed in most countries, and over 100 countries have laws regulating their production, sale, and consumption. In particular, such laws specify the minimum age at which a person may legally buy or drink them. This minimum age varies between 16 and 25 years, depending upon the country and the type of drink. Most nations set it at 18 years of age. The production and consumption of alcohol occurs in most cultures of the world, from hunter-gatherer peoples to nation-states. Alcoholic beverages are often an important part of social events in these cultures. In many cultures, drinking plays a significant role in social interaction mainly because of alcohol s neurological effects. Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect. A high blood alcohol content is usually considered to be legal drunkenness because it reduces attention and slows reaction speed. Alcohol can be addictive, and the state of addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism. Types of Alcoholic Beverages Alcoholic beverages are made from fruits or grains. Each distiller has its own special formula that is in many cases a closely guarded secret. Some beverages--such as brandy--are made to be drank straight, while others--scotch and rye, for example--can be drank straight or mixed to make a cocktail. Brandy The word "brandy" comes from the Dutch word "brandewijn," which literally means "burned wine." Brandy originated in the Mediterranean region in the seventh century. Made from fruits, it is broken down into three categories: grape brandy is made from fermented grape juice from crushed grape pulp or skins; pomace brandy is made from pressed, not crushed, grape pulp, skins and stems left over after the production of wine; and fruit brandy, which is all brandy that is made from fruits other than grapes Scotch There are nine basic types, and each type has dozens of varieties with various flavors. Finding your perfect whiskey can be quite an adventure. Scotch whiskey comes in two types: single malt, which is a unblended whiskey from a single batch, and blended whiskey, which is a blend of multiple malts.

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