Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About How Alcohol Is Made

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

Whether it's in celebration or sorrow, ceremony or straight-up boredom, drinking alcohol has been an intrinsic part of human culture for thousands of years. 

In fact, sucking down booze might be so common that we don't really give it much critical thought. How is it possible to take grapes or grains and turn it into an alcoholic beverage? Why do some drinks have a much higher alcohol content than others?

So many questions, but luckily, there are answers.

As SciShow explains, the scientific principles behind brewing beer, distilling vodka, and fermenting wine are all pretty similar, even though they don't really seem the same by the time they reach the finished product. 

No matter what type of alcohol is being produced, the first step is to turn sugar into alcohol through a process called fermentation. 

While it might seem odd that our bodies are even capable of processing alcohol, host Michael Aranda explains why it could actually have been an important evolutionary advantage for our ancestors. 

Ready to learn more about the science of alcohol and what it means in human history? 

Bottoms up:

Just remember that alcohol affects everyone differently and it's never okay to drink and drive. Also, don't forget to avoid that dreaded hangover.

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