How Many Shots Of Tequila To Get Drunk- 2024

A mild effect of tequila can be experienced in 1-2 shots of tequila, but everyone has a funny story when it comes to tequila, right? Sometimes,  Blacking out after 3-4 shots increase the chances of a hangover the next morning. And for some 5 or more shots can definitely increase the heat in the party after being drunk. After all, it’s a matter of a person’s capacity in the end

You might have encountered numerous embarrassing experiences throughout your drinking years due to tequila but no more! With the help of this article, you will be able to derive how many shots of tequila will get you drunk but not enough to get blacked out. Keep reading to find out more!

How To Compute the ABV Of A Tequila Shot

Have you experienced a change in the level of a hangover in different countries even after drinking your regular shots? Well, the size of a shot glass varies from country to country. Similarly, tequila’s alcohol by volume(ABV) also differs from country to country.

In general, the ABV ranges from 35-55% but in the US, the standard ABV is 40%.  As per the National Institutes of Health, a standard drink should contain 14 grams of pure alcohol. So, you can conclude that a 1.5 oz of hard spirit contains 40% of pure alcohol. 

Now, there are two ways to know about the alcohol content in a shot, i.e, on the basis of grams and ounces. Use the following two formulas to know the actual content:

  • Pure alcohol mass (grams) = Volume (ml)   x  ABV (%)  x  Volume Mass Density (g/ml)
  • Total Alcohol in Beverage (ounces) = AVB (%)   x   Total Volume (oz.)

To put it in a simple way, if for example, you have consumed a shot (1.5 oz) of a 35% ABV tequila, then here is the amount of alcohol you have consumed.

Pure Alcohol mass: 44.3603 ml x 35% ABV x 0.7895g/ml = 12.26 grams.

You can now easily find out the amount of alcohol you have consumed if you are aware of the ABV count of the particular tequila. So, if you have consumed about 4 shots, then multiply the amount of alcohol in 1 shot by 4 and you will know how much alcohol you have consumed in total. 

To sum it up, the more the ABV of the tequila, the more alcohol you are consuming. Thus, you might get drunk very soon if the ABV is high. 

Factors That Affect A Person’s Drunkenness

Yes, it is true that the number of shots you have taken and the ABV will decide your drunkenness. But in certain cases, the following factors also play a role. Consider these before you go out for a drink again. 

  • Height and weight: People with less weight and height are likely to get drunk faster than people with a healthy weight. People with lower body weight and height can dilute less amount of alcohol in the body because of the lesser amount of blood and water.
  • Age: With the passing of age, people are likely to develop more fat than muscles which makes it harder to break down and eliminate alcohol.
  • Gender: Women tend to get drunk faster than men due to a couple of reasons. First, they have more fat content and are generally smaller in comparison to men, hence the process of breaking down gets slower. Also, women have fewer enzymes that break down alcohol and hence get drunk faster.
  • The time interval between shots: The human body can one standard drink of alcohol within an hour. So if you consume two to three drinks within an hour, you are likely to get drunk faster. 
  • Empty stomach: If you are drinking on an empty stomach, the chances of getting drunk are higher than in a full stomach.
  • Sleep-deprived: If you haven’t had a good amount of sleep in the past few days, then you are more likely to be intolerant to alcohol. As a result, you will feel more exhausted and sick and end up with a bad hangover. 

How Long Does Alcohol Stay In The Body?

Alcohol is mostly removed by the liver and the remaining amount is excreted through urine, sweat, and breath. The liver can metabolize the alcohol at a rate of one drink per hour. So, if you have consumed 4-5 shots within an hour, the liver will take a much longer time to break down the alcohol due to a higher amount of accumulation. 

A person can stay drunk for up to a maximum of 6 hours. But it can still be detected through a test. Alcohol is detectable in the blood for up to six hours, in the breath, saliva, and urine for 12-24 hours, and in the hair for up to 90 days.

Effects Of Taking Too Many Tequila Shots

How Many Shots Of Tequila To Get Drunk

You might be curious about what would happen if you go overboard and consume way too many tequila shots. For your information, we have put down a list of different BAC levels and the resulting condition you might end up in.

  • 0.02%: You might feel relaxed, but experience mood changes.
  • 0.05%: You would feel euphoric, expressive of feelings without restraint, less attentive, and have slight vision blur.
  • 0.08%: You will have a loss of balance, difficulty speaking, hearing, and seeing, and impaired judgment and memory.
  • 0.10%: Your reaction time will be slower and will have poor arm and leg coordination with slurred speech. You will also feel nauseous and incur delayed cognitive abilities. 
  • 0.15 -0.29%: In this stage, you will have little control over the body and will need assistance to walk. You will have difficulty in breathing, mood alterations, vomiting, unsteady emotions, blackouts, and disorientation. You will be more prone to falling and sleeping. 
  • 0.30-0.39%: In this stage, you are more likely to experience alcohol poisoning, fainting, and no bladder control. 
  • 0.40%+:  High chances of coma or possibly death. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does tequila get you drunk fast?

Tequila is known to be the best drink to get you drunk faster. You can get drunk with just 4’5 shots of tequila. 

  • Will 5 shots of tequila get you drunk?

It actually differs from person to person. But, in general, 5 shots of tequila can get you drunk easily. If you consume it within an hour, you are likely to get drunk faster. Always pace yourself before knocking down too many shots.

  • How many shots of tequila are too many?

5-6 shots of tequila can be considered too many. It is better to stick to 3-4 shots if you want to enjoy the fun as well as a safe experience. 

  • Can 6 shots of tequila get you drunk?

6 shots of tequila have a huge possibility of getting you drunk. If you have low tolerance, you might even black out. Make sure you know your limit before drinking too much alcohol. 

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