Despite the great controversy in terms of both physical and mental health, drinking alcohol is a worldwide phenomenon. Every country has its own favorite alcohol beverage and there are many nations arguing about who the world´s heaviest drinker is. Alcohol has been around for thousands of years and in the course of time, many interesting alcohol-related facts have emerged. From the pathological fear of an empty glass to a 3.75 million-dollar vodka, check out these 25 unbelievable facts about alcohol you may not realize are true.

25. Discovery of late Stone Age jugs suggest that intentionally fermented beverages existed at least as early as the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC).

24. Most vegetable and almost all fruits contain a small amount of alcohol in them.

23. Along with a few more countries, United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the world. In some other countries, the legal drinking age is as low as 16.

22. Alcohol is not exclusively a terrestrial matter. Astronomers found out there is a lot alcohol in space as well.

21. It was during the Prohibition when cocktails gained popularity. They were offered to mask the flavor of poorly made alcohol. Popular cocktails included Mary Pickford, French 75, Barbary Coast, Bee’s Knees, and the Sidecar.

20. Researches suggest that at any given time, 0.7% of the world population is drunk. It means 50 million people are drunk right now.

19. You can have a bottle of the world´s most expensive vodka for just mere 3.75 million dollars. “The Billionare Vodka” is first ice-filtered, then filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and lastly passed through sand made from crushed diamonds and gems. It is sold in a platinum and rhodium encased, diamond encrusted crystal bottle.

18. Every year in the U.S., roughly 5,000 people under the age of 21 die from an alcohol-related incident such as car crashes, homicides, alcohol poisoning and other related injuries.

17. A muscular person has a higher alcohol tolerance than someone with more body fat. Water-rich muscle tissues absorb alcohol more effectively, preventing it from reaching the brain.

16. A bottle of champagne contains 90 pounds or pressure per square inch, which is three times the pressure found in car tires. The popped cork from a champagne bottle travels as fast as 60 miles per hour and can cause some serious damage.

15. Fear on an empty glass even got its scientific name. It is called Cenosillicaphobia.

14. Vikings enjoyed alcohol, but they did not drink it from any of the traditional containers. Instead, they allegedly preferred to celebrate their victories by tippling from the skulls of their defeated enemies.

13. Japanese doctors have observed patients with “auto-brewery syndrome,” in which high levels of candida yeast in the intestines churn out so much alcohol that they can cause drunkenness.

12. The most beer-drinking country in the world is the Czech Republic. With an incredible per capita beer consumption of almost 40 gallons a year, the Czechs are way out in front in the beer drinking world league table, leaving the Irish, Germans, Americans and other “beer nations” far behind.

11. One of the most popular drinks in Cambodia is Tarantula Brandy; a delectable concoction that includes rice liquor and freshly dead tarantulas.

10. The world´s strongest beer is Brewmeister´s „Snake Venom”. While regular beer usually have about 5% ABV, this Scottish killer has a stomach-burning 67,5% ABV.

9. Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to students who choose to drink.

8. Vodka is the world’s most popular liquor by a huge margin, with about 5 billion liters consumed every year.

7. Abraham Lincoln held a liquor license and operated several taverns.

6. In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk.

5. The word “brandy” derives from the Dutch word “brandewijn”, which means “burnt wine”.

4. The soil of one of the vineyards in France is considered so precious that it is mandatory for workers to scrape the soil off their shoes before they leave.

3. Despite the popularly held belief, real Tequila doesn’t have a worm in it. In fact, the worm, or gusano, actually originated with tequila’s “lower-quality” cousin, “mezcal”, largely as a marketing ploy.

2. A pint of beer, a glass of wine, and a shot of vodka all contain almost the same amount of alcohol.

1. While Adolf Hitler was one of the world’s best known abstainers, Sir Winston Churchill was one of the world’s heaviest drinkers.

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