Rohnert Park, CA (PressExposure) June 17, 2009 -- One of the most abused substances is alcohol. It could be attributed to the fact that alcohol is not really an illegal substance in most countries. It has been used by many people either as part of standard diet, for hygienic/medical reasons, for its relaxant and euphoric effect, for recreational purposes, for artistic inspiration, as aphrodisiacs, for celebrations, and for many other reasons.
According to a California drug rehab center, a drink is considered an alcoholic beverage if it contains ethanol, regardless of the amount of ethanol it contains. It is considered a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect and a high level of alcohol in the bloodstream reduces attention and slows reaction speed. An expert from a California drug rehab center further added that alcohol is addictive but since it is regularly consumed by a lot of people, it is difficult for some to identify themselves as alcoholics. Most alcoholics can undergo alcoholism treatment in any California drug rehab center.
A particular alcoholic may have a preference for a certain type of alcoholic beverage. However, more often than not, their alcoholism develops to the point of consuming any alcoholic beverage. Below are the three main types of alcoholic beverages.
This is probably the oldest and most consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. It is produced by fermentation of starches and by brewing. Most beers are around 4% to 6% alcohol by volume although there are rare cases wherein a beer may contain as low as 1% alcohol by volume or as much as 20% alcohol by volume.
Wine is produced in almost the same way as beer, through fermentation. However, wine production involves a longer fermentation process and a long aging process. Most wines have strengths of 9% to 16% alcohol by volume. There are wines significant amount of carbon dioxide them, often called sparkling wines or champagne, are made by adding a small amount of sugar before bottling.
These are alcoholic beverages of higher alcohol content, which is often a minimum of 20% alcohol by volume. They are produced by fermentation followed by distillation. This process concentrates the alcohol and eliminates some of the congeners.