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Chemistry of alcoholic beverages

Laurence I. Peterson

in Alcohol

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199655786
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191757082 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.003.0007
Chemistry of alcoholic beverages

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This chapter presents an overview of the chemistry of alcoholic drinks. An alcoholic drink, in addition to the alcohol and water that comprise at least 98% of the contents, contains naturally occurring or naturally produced chemical substances that are termed either macronutrients or micronutrients, depending on their nature and quantities. A macronutrient is a substance required in significant quantities for human growth and health, whereas a micronutrient is a substance or even element required in only minute quantities by the human body. The discussion also covers phytochemicals and antioxidants; additives in alcoholic drinks; distinctive chemical characteristics of beers and wines; chemistry of spirits (distilled alcoholic drinks); chemistry of spoiled alcoholic drinks; and chemical substances in alcoholic drinks leading to hangovers.

Keywords: alcoholic drinks; macronutrients; micronutrients; wines; beers; hangover

Chapter.  4709 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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