Everclear is a clear-colored, grain-distilled spirit that comes in a few different forms: 120, 151, and 190 proof, equal to 60%, 75.5%, and 95% alcohol, respectively. As such, Everclear is among the most powerful and dangerous alcoholic beverages on the market. Comparatively, other liquors such as vodka, rum, and whiskey are 80 proof or about half the alcohol content of the least potent version of Everclear.
Everclear’s high proof and relatively low price make it attractive to many drinkers, especially teenagers and college students. Unfortunately, drinking Everclear can be extremely dangerous, even in small amounts.
Everclear abuse can rapidly lead to alcohol poisoning and death. Additional dangers include dependence, tolerance, and addiction, brain damage, auto accidents, unprotected sex, and severe health complications such as liver disease and an increased risk of several cancers.
Because of the potency and risks that surround it, the higher proof of Everclear is illegal to sell in many states in the U.S. However, some people will go to great lengths to locate and use this substance.
According to the manufacturers, Everclear is not intended to be consumed straight. Instead, it is considered an “unfinished ingredient” that should instead be diluted or used to make less potent alcohol. Despite this warning, many individuals continue to consume this substance in a way other than intended, which can put them at risk of serious harm in a brief amount of time.
Acute alcohol intoxication is often considered socially acceptable, but there is a very fine line between drunkenness and life-threatening alcohol poisoning or overdose. With Everclear, an individual may overdose on alcohol after consuming what they believe to be a relatively small number of drinks.
An alcohol overdose occurs because a person’s body cannot keep up with the amount of alcohol flooding into its system, causing the nervous and respiratory systems to struggle. As this happens, the toxins produced from the metabolism of alcohol begin to accumulate. When severe, these effects can cause vital life support functions in a person’s body to shut down rapidly.
Like other overdoses, without prompt medical intervention, severe alcohol poisoning could prove lethal. If a person is unconscious or unresponsive, emergency medical services may be necessary and immediately contacted.
Others signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning may include the following:
- Bluish or pale skin (cyanosis)
- Breathing is slow or stopped
- Motor skill impairment
- Low body temperature
- Slurred speech
- Stomach pain
- Intestinal bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
While many people recover from alcohol poisoning, not all will. Some will die, while others will sustain long-term or permanent effects due to a single binge-drinking episode. In a worst-case scenario, an individual could choke and asphyxiate on their vomit or slip into a coma and die.
Additional Risks of Everclear Abuse
Both binge and excessive drinking any form of alcohol can result in a host of medical problems. Drinking alcohol with extremely high alcohol content, such as Everclear, could place an individual at a greater risk of developing these conditions.
Binge and excessive drinking pattern have been linked to the following:
- Brain damage
- Cardiac problems (stroke, heart disease)
- Certain forms of cancer (breast, colon, esophagus, mouth, throat, liver)
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A greatly increased risk of falls and injuries
- Liver disease
- Memory and learning impairments
- Pregnancy complications (miscarriage, stillbirth)
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Accidental pregnancy
Alcohol abuse and the chronic drinking patterns associated with alcoholism can also cause severe problems in an individual’s family, relationships, and career.
Alcohol abuse has also been associated with various mood and anxiety disorders. These harmful drinking patterns can interfere with a person’s mental and emotional health, sometimes to an extent they cause or exacerbate co-occurring mental health problems, including anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and depression.
Getting Treatment For Alcohol Abuse And Addiction
Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous or fatal, especially for those who have been drinking heavily and regularly for a long time. Although certain withdrawal symptoms can be mild and treated with outpatient care, others can be life-threatening. Moreover, severe alcohol withdrawal has been associated with seizures and delirium tremens (DTs). Without immediate medical help, these conditions can be deadly.
Just Believe Recovery offers individualized, comprehensive programs in a variety of formats. We are dedicated to providing those we treat with the therapy, counseling, support, and care they need to recover from alcohol or drug addiction and go on to live long, satisfying lives.