How Well Is Your Knowledge On Champagne?
Tasting a wonderful bubbly at a wedding reception or other special occasion, certainly has the ability to lift ones spirits.
Is it the fizz in the wine that can make us light-headed after a few glasses or the alcohol, or both? Find out below.
It's the drink of the rich and famous, and is wasted by the gallon by motor racing drivers who spray themselves and their adoring fans following a win at a Grand Prix - what a waste!
Champagne Gets You Drunk Faster
Not just a myth!
Whether you plan to toast in the New Year with champagne, or enjoy its sophisticated subtlety in another way, beware, as the bubbles in this most celebratory drink really can you drunk more quickly.
Many people admit that champagne bubbles often "go straight to their head", making them light-headed and giggly. These inebriating effects have now been confirmed by researchers for the very first time.
A team in the unit of human psychopharmacology at the University of Surrey in Guildford, led by Fran Ridout, held a few "drinking sessions" for volunteers within their own department. Unbeknown to all the volunteers, these occasions were used by Ridout to test the influence of the bubbly bubbles.
She gave champagne to 12 volunteers - 6 of them drank the normal, fizzy champagne, whilst the other 6 had flat champagne, (the bubbles had been purged from it beforehand using a whisk). The following week, the experiment was repeated, and Fran reversed the samples from the first session, those who had fizzy last time had flat this time and vice versa. Doing it like that meant that everyone tried both types of wine.
At both sessions, each person drank two glasses of champagne. Ridout then adjusted the exact intake amount so that everyone consumed the same amount of alcohol per kilogram of body mass. It was decisive alcohol levels rose considerably faster among the bubbly drinkers. After only five minutes, they had an average of 0.54 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. Those drinking the flat champagne averaged only 0.39 milligrams of alcohol.
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