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Excessive Alcohol Consumption Its Effects and Social Acceptance Rumors and old wives tales such as stress makes women heavier drinkers divorce prompts heavy alcohol use people drive better when they are drinking and teenagers are the main group of drunk drivers are being thrown at todays society left and right in an effort to blame the other guy With all the talk about alcohol use and abuse these days people are lost between fact and fiction All of this tossed in with the truth leads to confusion where most of society is torn between tradition and personal beliefs Alcohol is a destructive drug that can lead to addiction arrest illness and even death all of these consequences however have not caused much of a dramatic change in alcohols social acceptance or usage Most people know what alcohol is but not everyone knows its history where it comes from or how it is produced Alcohol is a word derived from the Arabic al-kohl which was a term used to describe eyeliner that Middle Eastern women wore Later the definition broadened to mean an exotic substance Monroe 5-6 It was primarily used among ancient people for special ceremonies magic and medicine and by about 1500 BC Egyptian doctors included beer or wine in about 15 percent of their medicinesMonroe 8-9 Alcoholic beverages are produced through a process called fermentation using plants such as corn rye barley potatoes and grapes and are classified by their types and proofs Some types of alcohol are beer ale stout porter malt liquor wine whiskey bourbon gin rum brandy and liqueur The term proof refers to the percentage of pure alcohol contained in a drink While there is no international standard in the United States each degree of proof is equal to 05 percent alcohol Fettner 275 Beer wine and whiskey tend to be the three major categories used when comparing alcohol Most
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