The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

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1 Introducing the science of alcohol

The brewing and distillation industries bring together the sciences of biology, chemistry and engineering in a unique way that has developed over thousands of years. We are now surrounded by a choice of many different types of beer and spirits to consume. But why, for instance, are there so many different varieties of gin? What happens to your body when you drink alcohol, and just why are hangovers so bad?

Nick Boley, a National Director of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), will now introduce the concept of the science of alcohol and the themes of this course further.

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