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Are Spirits or Hard Liquor More Dangerous Than Other Alcoholic Drinks?

Distilled spirits are much stronger than any other type of alcoholic drink in America, such as wine or beer. A standard distilled spirit in America will have between 30 to 40% alcohol by volume in it when compared to a can of beer, which can be on average 5% alcohol by volume. Most spirits in America are served as cocktails, which means they are mixed with other hard liquors and nonalcoholic mixers to give the drink a unique taste. Cocktails can be easy to drink because it will hide the taste of the hard liquor, which plays a role in how quickly someone consumes them. Distilled spirits in America are also often served as a shot, in a shot glass. A standard drink of distilled spirits in America is one shot of 80 proof liquor or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. The alcohol in hard liquor is the same type of alcohol (ethanol) that is found in beer or wine. The problem with hard liquor is, that a person may tend to drink more of it, and many cocktails that are served in bars contain more than what is in a standard drink. One standard drink as what is defined in America is the same for distilled spirits, wine or beer, but it is important to understand that it will take much less of a distilled spirit to cause the effects of alcohol than wine or beer. When consuming shots of hard liquor, multiple shots can be taken in a matter of minutes, whereas consuming multiple glasses of beer or wine is done over a period of hours. Without taking binge Definition of the word binge drinking into consideration, a person consuming hard liquor can become intoxicated quicker, because of how quickly the drinks can be consumed.

When looking at hard liquor and compared to beer or wine, if a group of adults sat down and consumed one bottle of distilled spirits, it could be the equivalent of roughly 20 cans of strong beer or a cask of red wine. The alcohol by volume is different within the varieties of hard liquors, for example, vodka can contain between 40 to 95% alcohol by volume, whereas gin may have 36 to 50% alcohol by volume. Other distilled spirits such as rum or whiskey will be 36 to 50% alcohol by volume, and tequila will have 50 to 51% alcohol by volume. Alcohol proof is the measure of the content of ethanol or alcohol in an alcoholic beverage. Within the United States, alcohol proof is defined as twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. A standard serving of distilled spirits in the United States is 1.5 ounces of liquor or spirits per shot of 80 proof, or 40% alcohol by volume. 1.5 ounces of liquor will add up quickly when multiple drinks are consumed over a short time.

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