10 Amazing Facts About Alcohol And Drinking

Alcohol is one of the few things that almost every civilization and culture on the planet has in common. While some nations have banned drinking altogether in an effort to improve health and solve societal problems, the popularity of alcohol has ensured it has lasted for centuries. In fact, it is such a big part of human culture that it has actually affected the development of our species and in some ways, even shaped the world around us. With such a long and varied history, there are plenty of fascinating facts about alcohol.

Champagne Corks Are Really Dangerous

Everyone loves popping off the cork of a bottle of champagne. Yet, the highly pressurized liquid inside means that the cork can fly off at incredibly fast speeds and injure anyone who is hit. Considering champagne is often drank at occasions such as weddings and other celebrations, people are likely to surround the person and get hit, a dangerous thing considering flying corks kill as many as 20 people every year.

Beer Was Once Used To Baptize People

Although baptism has traditionally been done using water, there were some medieval monks who preferred to use beer. Monasteries often brewed their own beer as monks would consume large amounts as they had very little else to do. This meant that there was often excess alcohol around and it was seen as sensible to use the drink for baptisms.