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Interesting facts about alcohol

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Alcohol is arguably one of the most loved and socially uniting beverage of them all.

Like the famous Christmas biscuits, it comes in choice assorted tastes – ranging from beer, cider and champagne to whisky and gin.

Whichever one tickles your taste buds, alcohol remains one of the most popular beverages in the world.
And even with the health implications that come with excessive drinking, this beverage has some fascinating facts and insights.

According to ADT Breathalysers, these are some of the most interesting facts about alcohol:

1. It takes six minutes

Yes, it only takes six minutes for the brain to start reacting to alcohol.

According to Science Daily, it takes six minutes for the reaction after consuming about three glasses of beer or two of wine, leading to a blood alcohol level of 0,05% to 0,06%. Changes then take place in the brain cells.

2. Milkshakes originally contained alcohol

The term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885 when it was an alcoholic whisky drink. It was described as a sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink with eggs and whisky, and served as a tonic and treat.

3. Cenosillicaphobia is real

Ever wondered why people cry after downing their favourite drink? This could be that they are suffering from cenosillicaphobia – the fear of an empty glass. This phobia, according to alcohol experts, can pertain to glasses lacking in beer, wine or a cocktail.

4. At least 600 grapes

According to farmers and experts, one needs around 600 grapes to make a bottle of red wine. All of this, however, is dependent on vine and row spacing, vintage conditions as well as the variety and age of grapes.

5. At least 49 million

Talk about a million reasons to be happy. A champagne bottle has about 49 million bubbles in it. According to Glass of Bubbly, tinier bubbles are better and the mark of good-quality champagne. This beverage has three times the gas content of beer.

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Sleeping for less than 6 hours could kill you!

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Sleeping is regarded as one of the most important part of relaxing your body and not getting enough of it might have dire consequences. 

If you don’t get enough sleep, your body does respond, either by you being grumpy or super tired and that does tell you how important sleep it. 

Sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health, including serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes and it shortens your life expectancy.
Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly and Science Daily reports that those with high blood pressure, Type-2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke could be at high risk of cancer and early death when sleeping less than six hours a day.

“Our study suggests that achieving normal sleep may be protective for some people with these health conditions and risks,” said lead study author Julio Fernandez-Mendoza from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey in Pennsylvania, US.

“However, further research is needed to examine whether improving and increasing sleep through medical or behavioural therapies can reduce risk of early death,” Fernandez-Mendoza said.

Their researchers analyzed data of more than 1,600 adults (20 to 74 years old, more than half women) from the Penn State Adult Cohort who were categorized into two groups as having stage 2 high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes and having heart disease or stroke. Participants were studied in the sleep laboratory (1991-1998) for one night and then researchers tracked their cause of death up to the end of 2016.

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Why there’s a bow on women’s underwear!

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Many pairs of women’s underwear have a bow in the front and there is actually a reason for it.

The majority of us have probably noticed it because it is in most women’s underwear, especially lace.

A Reddit user took to Reddit to pose the question: “Why do so many panties have that little bow on the centre in front? Where did the tradition come from?”

One user replied: “As for the roots of the tradition? It comes from pre-elastic days, when your underthings were held in place by a bit of ribbon threaded through the eyelet lace at the tops.“ The little bow is where you tied that ribbon, and of course it’s in the front because that’s the easiest place to do something like that. ”

So that bow you see was to keep your undies where they should be and stop them from falling.

According to another forum user, previously women would get up before daylight and dress in the dark, or by candlelight, so the bows helped them work out which way round their knickers were supposed to go.

Another user said she was glad to know this because she always tears them off and one pointed out that he thought it was stupid.

 “I always found them a bit stupid but I learned to ignore them. It’s interesting to know why they were there to begin with (as a practical way to tie your underwear),” he said. 

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10 health benefits of drinking water

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We all need water to sustain life, but there are many more health benefits to drinking your eight glasses per day.

It might not be a “magic bullet”, but it’s crucial to your functioning. 

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