The Alcohol Quiz Test your knowledge of important facts and curious details about alcohol as explored in Alcohol Companion, the user-manual for alcohol, and the follow-on title investigating its profound implications, Alcohol for Nerds. For most of its history alcohol was considered a medicine. True False Do today’s medical professionals recommended drinking alcohol to treat or prevent any physical or mental health complaint? Yes No Is Guinness, or any other stout, a good source of iron? Yes No From which language does the word “alcohol” derive? Latin Greek Arabic Do species other than humans develop alcohol problems in their natural environment? Yes No Which organ's behaviour do we seek to influence when we drink alcohol? Stomach Liver Brain How many kilometres of “wiring” are there in the human brain? 1,750 17,500 175,000 What percentage of the body’s power does the human brain typically consume? 5% 15% 25% Which of these does the brain control? (Multiple answers) Conscious behaviour Our bodily functions Unconscious behaviour Sleep Do we sleep better after drinking alcohol? Yes No Which of the following alters our response to alcohol? (Multiple answers) Our beliefs and expectations Our genetics Our state of mind How much more often do people with alcohol dependent parents become alcohol dependent themselves? Twice Three times Four times Which of these is more likely to happen after we have a “placebo drink”, like an alcohol-free beer, that might be mistaken for an alcoholic one? Blackouts Becoming more outgoing Arguments and fights Which food group’s calories compares most closely to alcohol? Fats (~7 cal/g) Carbs (~1 cal/g) Sugar (~4 cal/g) On what percentage of the times that British men drink do they "binge", by having four or more pints? 20% 40% 60% And what proportion of times do British women binge in an equivalent way? 20% 40% 60% Drinking more alcohol makes controlling the amount we drink... Harder Easier Makes no difference Roughly what proportion of people develop some degree of alcohol dependency after five years of heavy drinking? 10% 20% 50% The top 10% biggest alcohol drinkers drink roughly what percentage of the total? 10% 20% >30% Being inebriated tends to do what to the factors we feed into our decisions? Reduces them Increases them Fixes them The dopamine neurotransmitter, which alcohol can trigger, is most accurately associated with which of the following sensations? Calmness Wanting Pleasure Roughly what percentage of violent crimes were committed drunk? 10% 20% 40% What is a realistic time-frame to recover from the primary symptoms of alcohol dependency? 1 month 2 months 3-12 months Only if you want the results emailed Time is Up!