Alcohol toxicity is another way of referring to the risks and dangers associated with alcohol poisoning. When too much alcohol has entered the body, especially in a short period of time, there can be drastic consequences that result in a medical emergency. A person who has ingested a toxic amount of alcohol can have effects ranging from being extremely disoriented, shallow breathing, becoming unresponsive or unconscious. If someone appears to have alcohol poisoning it’s essential that emergency medical services are contacted immediately.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a reminder that thousands of Americans die each year as a result of driving while under the influence. This is what tends to come to mind when asked to think about the dangers of alcohol. Less often, the public is advised about the risks associated with particular alcoholic beverages. Certain types of alcohol can make it more likely a person who is engaging in heavy drinking or binge drinking will end up consuming toxic levels of alcohol.
The Most Dangerous Types of Alcohol
The danger is often hidden. Alcohol that is mixed into sugary beverages or does not taste strong going down can result in drinking more than intended. College students are familiar with getting into trouble having a few too many jello shots, flavored beers, hard seltzers, hard iced tea or hard lemonade.
1. Caffeinated Alcohol
Four Loco’s original recipe was eventually banned. This is partly because adding caffeine to alcohol can intensify the effects of alcohol while making a person able to stay up longer, party, and drink more. Further, Four Loco was originally marketed as an energy drink. This has not stopped other companies, like Red Bull, from finding ways around direct marketing as an energy drink that pairs well with alcohol.
Real moonshine is not regulated. It’s a homemade product that is typically made illegally under unsupervised conditions. The resulting product is usually very strong (high alcohol by volume (ABV) and can contain unhealthy, dangerous impurities.
Everclear is a term used to describe grain alcohol that has an extremely high proof. Everclear contains at least 60% ABV but can contain 75-90%+ ABV. By comparison, common liquors sold at a spirits store contain around 40% ABV. Aside from the fact that your liver is not designed to quickly and effectively break down alcohol that is this potent, a person who drinks high-proof alcohol is at greater risk of alcohol poisoning.
The Negroni was invented in Venice and named after Count Negroni. As legend has it, the Count thought American cocktails were not strong enough so asked a bartender to replace the soda water in his cocktail with gin.
A negroni contains one part gin, one part vermouth, and one part Campari. It’s typically served over ice with an orange. What is notable about this beverage is that two of these drinks typically contain the same amount of total alcohol in 1/3 of a pint. If you drink six that means you have consumed the equivalent of a pint of booze. As you might have already guessed, this is asking for trouble.
5. Fortified Wines
Fortified wines, sometimes referred to as “dessert wines”, can contain a deceptive amount of alcohol. The following are examples of wines that are fortified with distilled alcohol:
These wines typically contain around 20% ABV.
6. Malt Liquor
In the U.S., malt liquor refers to alcoholic beverages made with malted barley that contain 5% or more ABV. Usually, these are strong beers sold at low prices. A “forty”, which contains 40oz, is usually malt liquor.
Common examples of malt liquor include:
- Olde English
- Colt 45
- Steel Reserve
- St. Ides
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If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, we encourage you to reach out to us for more information about our alcohol addiction treatment program. We offer a range of programs including:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Aftercare Planning
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- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
Reach out to us today to speak with a specialist about how our programs and services can be tailored to meet your individual needs.