The Burden of Proof lies with the proposer.


“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ – Carl Saga (maybe)


The Science of Cocktails


So this provocatively titled video is beautiful.

It’s beautiful because it takes a pretty populist topic, namely alcohol – specifically the preparation of alcohol,  and gives it the scientific rigour which it deserves.

Many people drink alcohol, in 2013 79% of UK Adults reported drinking (extrapolated from only 21% reporting not drinking at all – Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2015), yet they often lack precision when doing so.

Now granted, the science of alcohol preparation could be seen as having diminishing returns passed a certain point in relation to taste, and one may argue that this level of precision is superfluous. However, it should also be considered that this precision can and most likely should extend to the amount people drink.

In 2013/14 there were 1,059,210 hospital admission related to alcohol consumption (ibid)  where an alcohol related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for admission or a secondary diagnosis, 115% more than in 2003/2004.

This perhaps demonstrates that we should be a little less blasé with this potent poison,  and a little more scientific.


[Update: Turns out this guy, Adam Rogers, is brilliant:

Additionally, although the original post ended up going down a cautious drinking angle, I want to emphasise about the scientific and refined knowledge approach to everything, especially making.