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Why Is Alcohol Called Spirits?

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Alcohol comes from the Arabic "al-kuhl" which was the name of a body-eating spirit.   In fact, the English "ghoul" comes from the same word.  

When Arab alchemists' ingested alcohol their senses deadened and they named the substance according to its "body-taking" qualities.   Knowing this, European speakers who understood its etymology coined the use of the term "spirits" for alcohol.

The use of the term spirits for alcohol goes very far back so it's impossible to know for sure due the lack of written evidence, but this is the simplest answer to the question, and, in my opinion, the most likely to be true.
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For every real thing that God has for us there is a counterfeit,  the Bible says be not drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit. When you are filled with God's Holy Spirit, it lifts you up , encourages you , gives you abilities that you don't possess with in your self, and when all is said and He adds no sorrow. The family and friends remain! He brings the peace  you are looking for!
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The precise origin of the name spirits which is commonly given to alcoholic beverage is unknown. However, the words "alembic" and "alcohol", as well as possibly the metaphors aqua vitæ (meaning "life-water") and "spirit" given to the distilled product, may stem from Middle Eastern alchemy.
Distilled alcohol was first noted in Europe among alchemists during the mid 12th century. These alchemists were more involved in medical "elixirs" than in creating gold from lead.

The term spirit is Middle English with its roots in Anglo-French or Latin; it stems from the Anglo-French term espirit, spirit; and from the Latin word spiritus, which literally means breath; from the term spirare, meaning to blow, breathe.

The term spirits is typically give to those distilled beverages which are low in sugars and which contain a minimum of thirty five per cent alcohol by volume. Some of the common types of spirits include Gin, vodka and rum.
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So when they say the book of revelations was written while the were in the spirits, the were hi as a kite and were seeing things, must have been
7 headed horse, ect. They were really in the spirits.
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Because when you drink alcohol you become vulnerable to the after world. The veil is lifted and lost souls can possess you. You may even say or do silly/crazy things.
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When making spirits the fermented product is boiled because the ethyl alcohol (ethanol) boil at a lower temperature. ... It appears that the name Spirit, refers to the distilling of the alcohol to a more concentrated drink. Setting this type apart from non distilled drinks like beer and wine.

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Is every one on this site retarded  or alcoholics...liquor does consume you if you let it ..spirits means "breath"..."life breath"...it relaxes otherwise tense and up-tightness...therefore you may become a little vulnerable , or have less clarity in "the norm" it's like you kinda go to a level of existence different from the reality of non-alcoholic reality.   In some ways your senses heighten...and in some instances it digresses...thus making it a bit harder to distinguish reality from fiction...or fantasy.

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