The Most Alcoholic Drinks
No alcohol in the world has positive effects that outweigh the potentially negative outcome of drinking too much for too long. However, there are just some drinks that are particularly dangerous on a short-term basis, due to their high alcoholic content and/or flammability. Here are a few of the world’s deadliest and most alcoholic drinks.
Everclear is a grain alcohol, and at 190 proof, is probably the most alcoholic drink you’ll ever come across. It is actually illegal in 14 states. It may be found in small amounts in cocktails, but there’s nothing probably nothing more insane than drinking it straight. It is also highly flammable, and is said to be responsible for deadly fires if it catches a flame. Keep in mind that Everclear has roughly twice the alcohol content as rum or vodka, and therefore, can kill you at least twice as fast.
Note: In 2011, a Nashville college student died of acute alcohol poisoning, with a BAC of .5%. She reportedly drank 6 shots of Everclear and one shot of whiskey in just over an hour. She was just 18 years old.
Absinthe is a highly alcoholic French spirit that may be as high as 148 proof. It is anise-flavored and distilled from wormwood, fennel and other botanical herbs. The spirit itself has a very strong taste, and therefore is often diluted with water. Absinthe is said to sometimes have a hallucinogenic effect, due to the chemical thujone, which may be found in trace amounts.
Absinthe was banned in the United States for decades, but restrictions have recently been lifted, and it now can be purchased legally. However, the absinthe must be thujone-free, which does almost nothing in regard to the safety of the drink. With the minimal amount of thujone present in most absinthe, it is said that one would die from alcohol poisoning long before thujone’s toxic effects occurred. In short, absinthe is of the most alcoholic drinks because of it’s high alcohol content and not hallucinogenic properties.
Despite the label, warning drinkers not to expose Bacardi 151 to an open flame, the opposite often occurs. Alcohol-infused torches are popular entertainment for young drinkers, and Barcardi 151 is often ignited on top of shots. Due to it’s unusually high alcohol content, rum of this proof is banned in many countries.
Bacardi 151 is one of the most alcoholic drinks, especially when you consider the high toxicity in addition to the threat of being set on fire. And yet, many have tempted fate by guzzling this poison straight.
Note: The very idea of messing around with fire while consuming highly intoxicating drinks should make anyone think twice, and yet this is an event that plays out every weekend on college campuses. Even in my most alcoholic days, avoiding hot flames seemed like a no-brainer. Until I actually witnessed an open torch fueled by 151, I had no idea such a thing occurred. Call me crazy, but it just seemed…extremely dangerous.
If you suspect you or someone you know is an alcoholic, please seek help immediately.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology