Does gin get you drunker?

Gin is one of the most common alcoholic beverages that can get you drunk quickly. It has a high percentage of alcohol (usually at least 40% alcohol, sometimes as strong as 60%, referred to as “Navy Stremth”), making it one of the contenders to get drunk in a very short time. Gin has a lot of congeners, so you get so drunk after drinking just one glass. You can avoid this by drinking other types of liquor, such as vodka, which has very few congeners.

It's understandable that people often abstain from consuming certain liquors because of past bad experiences. Sensory memory is a powerful thing. But the deep-seated cultural bias against gin seems much deeper, and the deleterious effects that some attribute to gin and gin alone can sometimes reach hilariously unlikely levels. Drinking gin is often associated with crazy or petty behavior.

Some people feel that the spirit saddens them or is crying. In this narrative, gin plays the role of an emotional instigator. A small amount of alcohol makes you feel tired, a little more makes you fit again. So maybe beer is the small amount for you and when you drink gin you're already in the slightly more quantity that makes you fit.

The CDC states that it takes an average of 160 pounds for an adult male and 4 standard gins to get drunk. A standard shot of gin is 1.5 fl oz and has 40% alcoholic alcohol. All 4 gins should be drunk for 1-2 hours. If you're a woman or lighter, you'll need less gin, if you're a significantly heavier man, you may need more than 5 shots of gin to get drunk.

You may have noticed this after drinking too many glasses of gin; the effects seem to be stronger than those of other types of alcohol. Gin was quickly and exclusively associated with poverty, extreme drunkenness, madness, death and inferiority. The main congener of gin is called “pleasant A”, which gives gin its spicy flavor and dark color when mixed with juniper berries. For example, after three shots of gin (which contains about 27 milligrams per liter), you'll start to feel drunk, while drinking vodka that contains only 6 milligrams per liter might not feel the same effects.

The ban saw the appearance of bathtub gin, a term that applies to smuggled gins, which are sometimes made in bathtubs and often with alcohol not suitable for drinking (such as wood alcohol and other alcohols intended for medical use), which were then flavored with juniper oil and other compounds (sometimes less innocuous). A survey conducted by a Florida-based rehabilitation center found that gin drinkers are more likely to shop and splurge online while intoxicated. Gin contains less of a mixture than vodka and rum and therefore has a higher concentration of alcohol per fluid ounce. Congeners are substances that give gin its flavor and aroma, but these substances also cause the body to absorb more alcohol.

Gin, a balm for the souls of London's impoverished lower class, was also the fuel of crime and violence. This means that one ounce (30 ml) of gin is equivalent in alcohol content to 45 ml (1.5 ounces) of vodka or rum, each containing 60 levels of strength. And when you're in the mood for a party, you prefer gin, so it seems like you're drunk differently, even though it's just your pre-established mood that influences drunkenness. It's fair to consider the history of gin and wonder if the infamy of liquor affects the beliefs of drinkers today.

Terrance Wilson
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