Feature article: Alcoholic consumption

Obinwannem News Feature article: Alcoholic consumption

Excess intake of alcohol; too much of everything is bad. At least the type of alcohol we consume is in the alcoholic drinks we drink is a chemical called ethanol. 

To make alcohol, you need to put grains, fruits or vegetables through a process called fermentation (when yeast or bacteria react with the sugars in food – the by-products are ethanol and carbon dioxide). 

According to Wikipedia; Alcohol is produced by fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Fruits such as grapes and grains like barley and wheat are most commonly used for wine, beer, liquor, and other food-grade additive ingredients.

The alcohol found in wine, beer, and hard liquor is ethanol, the same stuff that powers alternative-fuel vehicles. In nowadays, there are a series of alcoholic content in bottles and sachet at affordable prices. 

To make ethanol (alcohol), all you need is a sugary (high carbohydrate) feedstock like grapes, corn or malted barley, plus water and yeast. Yeasts are microscopic organisms that metabolism the carbohydrates in the feedstock and produce two by-products: ethanol and carbon dioxide. 

The carbon dioxide produced by yeast is what makes bread dough rise. To encourage ethanol production, brewers cover vats of fermenting material and allow only the carbon dioxide to escape. Wine, beer and other fermented brews – like the grain mash that’s used to make whiskey – can be distilled to concentrate their alcohol content, creating more potent spirits like gin, vodka, brandy, and rum.

There are certain risks attached to alcohol intakes such as certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and liver, sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease, heart muscle damage (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) leading to heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, liver disease, suicide.

Don’t abuse the intake of alcohol  Though alcohol is for refreshment enjoy your self but use your head as it satisfies your thirst addictively, it also damages your health 

Written By Adeluwoye Comfort Eniola Obinwannem News

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