Lecture 2 - Alcohol Basics.docx - Lecture Quiz#2 \u2013 2 Alcohol Basics Alcohol is the drug that has been used the longest in human history o Drug any

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Lecture Quiz #2 – 2 Alcohol Basics Alcohol is the drug that has been used the longest in human history o Drug: any substance consumed that causes a physiological change in the body o Coffee, aspirin, nicotine are widely used more than alcohol o Boyer thinks coffee is the #1 drug o It has been around since the beginning of time Biogeography: subfield of geography o Study of the factors influencing the distribution of plants and animals, approached from ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives o Human influences like habitat alteration, extinction Alcohol is from an Arabic word o Ethyl Grain alcohol o Any beverage that has ethyl alcohol in it o Pre-civilization era Boyer invented Alco-biogeography: study of the factors influencing the distribution of those plants that are the base ingredients for alcohol, approached from ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives Human influence on those plants used for producing alcohol would be primary focus o As would the impact alcohol production has had on defining cultural landscapes o We define cultures by their products Tequila and Mexico the plant is originally from Mexico Alcohol can occur naturally o Can accidentally happen in rotting fruit o People stumbled into this pre-civilization Desire for alcohol could be the reason people settled down from hunter gathering Humans have been tweaking alcohol every year since 10,000 years ago to make it better o Flavors, places, etc. Alcohol production is different than other parts of our diet o You can eat corn, grain, milk, and this will keep you alive o Alters your mind, perception, behavior There are other drug plans out there, but are not nearly as accessible as alcohol o Accessibility you can make alcohol so easily o Help to define cultures and societies Ethyl alcohol (grain) this is in all alcohol that gets you drunk o There are way more types of alcohols Methinal (wood) Isapropal (rubbing) Butinal Glisseral o ^none of these are drugs Lethal in high amounts but do not get you drunk Where do we get ethyl from? o Based on same formula
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o Simple sugar that gets broken down from yeast o Glucose (c6h120o6) ethanol (c2h5oh) + carbon dioxide 2co2 You might also see ethanol with the formula C2H6O. IT IS THE SAME THING
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