As with most cuisines around the world, the first thing that folks think of when Mexican food is mentioned are all of those tasty dishes and not the various beverages that go with them. Food and drink pairing is an integral part of all cuisines and cultures and the beverage served with any meal is just as important as the food itself. After all, washing down a Mexican style fine red snapper with orange juice or milk does not quite hit the mark even though it may be healthy. Luckily, there is a vast selection of delicious, healthy and traditional Mexican beverages to go with every meal.
If you are going to be attending a beer or wine tasting soon, you may want to know a little more about the alcohol content of the beverages you may be drinking. This will help you to know your limits, and will keep you safe when you are out for drinks with friends. How can you determine the alcohol content of your favorite drinks? Here are a few tips that may help.
Alcohol is often used in cooking and baking recipes to cause certain foods to release flavors that would not otherwise be experienced without the alcohol interaction. In some recipes, the alcoholic beverages can help break down tough fibers via marinades, while in others; the alcohol is an essential component to achieve a desired chemical reaction in a dish. For example, wine and Kirsch were originally added to fondue because the alcohol lowers the boiling point of the cheese, which helps prevent curdling.
We have all seen them before. There is always that one guy who cannot look you in the eye, walk a straight line or speak without slurring his words. Someone is getting too drunk and crying or picking a fight with a complete stranger at the bar. Voices are getting louder and one night of drinking spills over into the week. Someone is calling into work “not feeling well” and someone else is cheating on his or her spouse. The effects of alcohol often exceed our wildest expectations and a fun night of having a beer with a friend can go horribly wrong in no time at all. While it may seem commonplace, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction so we will be capable of stopping the destructive pattern of behavior before addiction treatment is required.
What could be more fun than having difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slower reaction times and impaired memory? Today’s youth, despite all that is known about drug and alcohol use, still give in to the allure of alcoholic beverages. One American Medical Association (AMA) study reported that roughly 20% of 18 to 30-year-olds are binge drinkers. Among those who binge, 19% said they binge “frequently,” and 7% binge every time they drink alcohol.
Caffeine is a diuretic that has a way of stimulating the muscles of the bladder that can serve to excite the muscle as well as irritate it, resulting in the need to urinate more often. An overactive bladder is very common problem that many folks wrongly believe is simply a normal part of the aging process. Caffeine is a substance found in numerous products and beverages that we all consume on a regular basis. These include coffee, tea, chocolate and many so called energy drinks.