Does Hard Alcohol Get You More Drunk Than Beer?

by Mike McAdams


We all know those nights – there’s some big event you can’t bow out on, but you feel like taking it easy.  You’ll go out, but you don’t want to get to drunk.  So you decide to stick with beer.  Because beer doesn’t fuck you up in the same way that hard alcohol does.  It’s better for you.  It doesn’t have as much alcohol as say vodka.  Or whiskey.  Right?


Alcohol is alcohol, no matter what form.  Beer, wine, gin, and tequila all contain similar amounts of pure alcohol per standardized servings (12 oz of beer = 5 oz of wine = 1.5 ounces of hard liquor).

So why do you only black out when you drink hard alcohol?

It’s about portion control.  You’re more likely to finish a mixed drink faster than a beer because, well, there’s just less liquid involved.  And who wants to be walking around a bar empty handed?  You’ll likely finish a second mixed drink before your beer drinking friends make it through a pint.  And then, there’s shots.  By definition, they feed you as much alcohol in as little possible liquid, forcing you to consume more alcohol than you can process at any given time.

So it’s not that beer is actually better for you – it’s that beer makes you a better drinker.  It paces you.  Forces you to consume the alcohol at the right speed, so that you have a great night without getting sloppy.

If you like hard alcohol better, just watch the amount and the speed you’re drinking and you can have a “beer night” with your drink of choice.


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