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Distillation is the process of purifying and concentrating alcohol. Since water and alcohol have different boiling points, heating the mixture to a certain temperature will separate the two. Alcohol boils first and leaves the boiling brew as a vapor. This vapor is collected and distilled spirits are the result. A fermented mash of grain may be 15–20% alcohol, whereas distilled spirits are 70–90% alcohol. The growing popularity of distilled alcohol brought with it a higher rate of addiction to alcohol and the problems associated with it.

Brain. Anything we experience through any of our five senses also happens in the brain. When we touch the point of a needle, receptors on our skin send a signal through nerves in the hand and arm, into the spinal cord, and finally to the brain. The brain assesses this signal and reacts to it, perhaps by moving the finger away from the sharp point. The same thing happens when we smell a rose. Receptors in our nose react to the molecules in the air and associate that combination of molecules with a rose, an interpretation that is made in the brain.

9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10. We continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it. 11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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