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What is Alcohol?

Alcohol or, scientifically, ethanol is a colourless liquid with an intense, penetrating aroma. It has distinct properties: it is a volatile flammable liquid that is found in alcoholic beverages like wines (about 13%), beers (5%), spirits (50%) or overproof spirits (70%), etc. Although used as an industrial solvent, antiseptic and as fuel.

Ethanol occurs naturally through fermentation, in which yeast converts fructose (sugar) into alcohol, heat and carbon dioxide. This occurs automatically in ripe fruit as well as in other foodstuffs. For example ripe banana and bread.

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