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Brewing, Distilling and Denaturing: Test Your Alcohol Knowledge
by Staff
Booze, hooch, devil's brew. Whatever name you call it, alcohol is really just a combination of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Test your knowledge of this simple compound with our quiz!

How much alcohol can your body eliminate in one hour?

  • 0.5 ounces (15 milliliters)
  • 2 ounces (59 milliliters)
  • 5 ounces (147 milliliters)

Which is not a property of alcohol?

  • denser than water
  • clear liquid
  • flammable

What type of alcohol do people consume?

  • isopropyl alcohol
  • methyl alcohol
  • ethyl alcohol

Which beverage contains the most ethyl alcohol?

  • beer
  • champagne
  • wine

At what blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) can a person fall into a coma?

  • 0.18 to 0.3 percent BAC
  • 0.25 to 0.4 percent BAC
  • 0.35 to 0.5 percent BAC

Which part of the brain does alcohol affect first?

  • cerebral cortex
  • limbic system
  • hypothalamus

When affected by alcohol, which area of the brain causes fuzzy memories and exaggerated emotions?

  • cerebellum
  • limbic system
  • medulla

Which of these is a popular misconception about alcohol?

  • Alcohol affects men and women differently.
  • Alcohol isn't absorbed as quickly by the body when there's food in the stomach.
  • Alcohol warms your body.

What percentage of Americans over the age of 18 suffer from alcoholism?

  • 5 percent
  • 8 percent
  • 15 percent

Which is not an effect of long-term alcohol use?

  • increased sperm production in males
  • loss of brain mass
  • heightened blood pressure

What percentage of alcohol absorbed by the bloodstream is eliminated by the lungs?

  • 5 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 1 percent

How does alcohol affect sexual performance?

  • Sexual performance declines.
  • Sexual performance increases.
  • Sexual performance is not affected.

What causes a person under the influence of alcohol to sweat or appear flushed?

  • increase of blood flow to skin
  • body temperature is higher
  • The person is more active than usual.

Alcohol dissolves in the water inside each tissue in the body except for:

  • muscle tissue
  • fat tissue
  • nervous tissue

Where in the human body does the breakdown of ethanol occur?

  • kidney
  • bladder
  • liver

Which of the following describes what happens when your body becomes more tolerant to alcohol?

  • There's an increase in the level of the liver’s enzymes that are used to break down alcohol.
  • There's a decrease in activity of the brain and nervous-system neurons.
  • There's an increase in the lining of the stomach.

During a performance test, you are asked to bring your finger to your nose with your eyes closed. If you are unable to perform this action, what part of the brain is affected?

  • limbic system
  • cerebellum
  • medulla

What three variables affect the absorption rate of alcohol?

  • concentration, carbonation and food
  • food, level of activity and carbonation
  • size of drinker, amount of alcohol and level of activity

At what blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) can a person die?

  • .50-.75 percent
  • .35-.50 percent
  • .25-.4 percent

Alcohol can be made by three methods. Which of the following is NOT one of them?

  • chemical modification of fossil fuels
  • chemical combination of oxygen and carbon monoxide
  • fermentation