11 Things You Think You Know About Alcohol (That Are Totally False)

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There are countless urban legends about drinking, from supposed wisdom about what gets you drunk the quickest, to tips on how to avoid a hangover, to rules of thumb for how you should buy and serve a fine wine. Many of them, however, aren’t rooted in science or data, but rather are elucidated from always-reliable field tests that tend to include several rounds of tequila shots. Passed down for years by elder fraternity brothers, teens sneaking their parents’ hooch, and other tipsy teachers, these myths are as stubborn as they are baseless.

11 Booze-Soaked Facts about Alcohol’s Role in America’s History

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Alcohol has shaped American history since before the Pilgrims even disembarked from the Mayflower. In the early days of the United States, beer was considered much safer than water for drinking—so virtually everyone was at least a little buzzed. Later, the U.S. would ban alcohol altogether—then ratify the first and only repeal of a Constitutional amendment to end the ban. Author Susan Cheever’s latest book, Drinking in America: Our Secret History, traces the arc of America’s relationship with booze. Here are 11 facts we learned about hooch’s history in America from it.

Rum 101: The 4 Different Types of Rum

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Produced across the Caribbean and Latin America, rum is a versatile spirit distilled from sugarcane or molasses that also has tremendous historical significance because of its ties to major trading routes. Like most spirits, it comes in a variety of different styles so we did a little research to find out more about the most common types of rum that are available. Do you know the difference between a dark rum and a black rum? What gives spiced rum its name?

11 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Prosecco

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Of course, you really only need one: It's terrific.

Some say no other beverage defines the Italian philosophy of la dolce vita, or the good life, quite like Prosecco.

It’s long been the aperitivo of choice for Italians up and down the peninsula, and it’s now the most sold sparkler in the U.S.—and for good reason: It’s refreshing, flavorful, light-bodied, (usually) dry, and features a wallet-friendly price tag.

But that’s not all. Here are 11 other power points you need to know about this iconic bubbly.