Discussion Questions

1. Describe the processes of fermentation and distillation. Which alcoholic beverages are produced through these methods?

2. How is alcohol metabolized? How does this process vary because of genetic factors, experience with alcohol, and amount of alcohol in the body?

3. Why might some people assume that alcohol is a stimulant?

4. What adverse health consequences are associated with chronic, heavy alcohol use?

5. Compare the types of tolerance that develop with alcohol use?