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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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Chemistry of alcoholic beverages

Chemistry of alcoholic beverages

(p.49) Chapter 7 Chemistry of alcoholic beverages

Laurence I. Peterson

Oxford University Press

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

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