Does alcohol kill bread yeast? Why won't my bread rise?

I have tried making bread several times now in the past year. Not once has it worked out, my yeast never rises. This last time I poured some Amaretto liquor with 110 degree F water to activate it. I let it sit at least 10 minutes, and it did not foam. I proceeded with the recipe. My dough has been sitting in a... show more I have tried making bread several times now in the past year. Not once has it worked out, my yeast never rises. This last time I poured some Amaretto liquor with 110 degree F water to activate it. I let it sit at least 10 minutes, and it did not foam. I proceeded with the recipe. My dough has been sitting in a bowl for an hour and a half now and it's still a lump. What's going on?
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