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What is alcohol?

Alcohol in its pure form is a odourless and tasteless liquid. It is never drunk pure; it is a component of drinks with multiple ingredients. The best-known drinks that contain alcohol are: beer, wine and spirits. Alcohol is created by fermenting the sugars that are naturally found in grains and fruit.

In Belgium, the concentration of alcohol in a drink is usually expressed in degrees. There’s as much pure alcohol in a pint of beer as in a glass of wine and a glass of spirits. Provided you don’t pour too much into the glass. Note: strong beers contain more alcohol.


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