Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a chemical found in beer, wine, and "hard" liquor such as whiskey, vodka, and rum. In a process called fermentation, yeast converts the sugars naturally found in grains and grapes into the alcohol present in beer and wine. Another process, called distillation, concentrates the alcohol found in hard liquor and makes it stronger. The chemical name for alcohol is ethanol.