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Throughout history alcohol has been used in one form or another, but did you know that the recipe for beer is the oldest known recipe in the world? Apart from being used as a both a drink and a surgery aide, there are loads of interesting alcohol factoids. That’s why The Thirsty Barber wanted to fill you in on some of the most surprising ones even we were amazed at discovering…

1. The production of alcohol has been traced back at least 12,000 years.

2. If the Ancient Persians decided something while drunk, they had a rule to reconsider it when sober. Similarly, if they made a decision sober, they would reconsider it while drunk.

3. Vikings enjoyed alcohol, but they did not drink it from just any container: they toasted to their victories by imbibing their favourite alcoholic beverages from the skulls of their defeated enemies. Rather different to drinking from a mug, bottle or any other traditional glass…

4. Winston Churchill’s mother was the inventor of the Manhattan cocktail. It’s made with whiskey and sweet vermouth.

5. During the prohibition era, the U.S. Congress had their own bootlegger so senators and congressmen could still drink alcohol.

6. French wine makers used oil soaked rags in lieu of corks until the mid-1600’s.

7. In order to make a bottle of wine, you will need to have approximately 600 grapes on hand.

8. A bottle of Champagne contains approximately 49 million bubbles.

9. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

10. The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content.

11. As a rule of thumb, darker and bitter beers have higher alcohol content.

12. The word brandy is derived from the Dutch word brandewijn; it means burnt wine.

13. Alcohol is not digested; it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

14. Alcohol doesn’t make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories.

15. There are 13 minerals that are essential for human life, and all of them can be found in alcohol.

16. People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance.

17. In professional shooting, Alcohol is considered to be a performance-enhancing drug because it relaxes you and slows your heart rate enough to give you an edge.

18. The highest blood alcohol content ever recorded was .91%, more than twice the typical lethal limit and eleven times more than legally drunk.

19. There’s a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, just to purchase cheap alcohol.

20. People drink more slowly when alcohol is served in straight-sided glasses than when it’s served in glasses with curved sides, a research found.

21. The phrase mind your Ps and Qs can also trace its roots back to alcohol. In England, pubs serve liquor in pint and quart sizes. If a customer became unruly, it used to be common for a bartender to tell that customer to mind their own pints and quarts. Over time, the saying was shortened and its usage was expanded.

If you these found these factoids interesting, make sure you keep checking out our weekly blogs. Here at The Thirsty Barber we’re always interested in discovering things that would have otherwise been unknown. And speaking of the unknown… why not pop by to our bar and familiarize yourself with our vast array of delicious alcoholic beverages and expertly concocted cocktails? We’re pretty sure the selection of drinks we have on offer will make you feel like we’re spoiling you. So go on, come treat yourself to a drink or two!

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