The type of alcohol in the alcoholic drinks we drink is a chemical called ethanol.
How is alcohol made?
To make alcohol, you need to put grains, fruits or vegetables through a process called fermentation (when yeast or bacteria react with the sugars in food - the by-products are ethanol and carbon dioxide).
A drink's alcohol content is affected by how long it's left to ferment.
Spirits also go through a process called distillation – where a proportion of the water is removed, leaving a stronger concentration of alcohol and flavour.