Spirits and drinking speed
Spirits are sometimes called “shorts”, and for a good reason. In a bar or pub they’re usually served in 25ml measures (35ml in some places), 50ml for a double.
That isn’t a lot of liquid – by comparison a pint of beer is 568ml and a small glass of wine 125ml. This means, even when served with a mixer, spirits can be consumed faster than other alcoholic drinks.
This is especially true of shots. Shots can be a single spirit, or two or more mixed together. They’re designed to be drunk in one go, and so hit the blood-stream very fast.
They’re often consumed alongside other drinks, which means taking on-board a lot of alcohol very quickly.
Cocktails can contain a lot of alcohol as well, especially if they’re home-made. For instance, a Negroni can include three shots of three different alcoholic drinks – one spirit and two liqueurs –in total, which is equal to two units. That’s the same as a whole pint of regular strength beer, in around 75ml of liquid.
Because spirits can be consumed quickly, it may mean you’ll drink more than you want, faster than you’d like. This can make you more vulnerable, and more likely to make bad decisions – like ditching your friends or taking an unregistered cab.
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