walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

A Few Remarks about Alcohol

Fortunately, I'm no longer young and whatever-you-want-to-call-having-erratic-if-not-bad-judgment, so I don't drink and drive, and I no longer attempt to impress people with my capacity to consume alcohol and not show any (obvious) effects.

Unfortunately, I still occasionally overimbibe. I've been working on stamping out the last instances of drank-too-much, partly because of the calories (I _really_ don't need them) and partly because it's just all too reminiscent of that horrifying few days of vertigo I had and never really want to have again. Tonight, I debugged why I keep getting nauseated/more-than-buzzed from what is nominally a single drink made by my lovely husband, who makes super tasty drinks that I really don't want to give up drinking.

(1) A shot is 1 and 1/2 ounces. It is not one ounce. It is not 1 and 1/4 ounces.
(2) http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/AlcoholEquivalence.html

Short form of (2): 1 and 1/2 ounces of 80 proof is equivalent to a 5% beer.

I can have a beer. I can order a drink at a restaurant. I don't have problems with the results. But even when I eat something with a single drink made by my husband, I feel like I've had closer to a double than a single. After walking through the mixing process with him, the problem appears to have been largely located in a misunderstanding of (1), resulting in me consuming half of something that had 2 shots (rather than 2 ounces) of tequila and 1 shot of cointreau. Proportions were fine, but the effect was rather than me having a single (1 and 1/2 ounces of 80 proof) I had almost a double (2 1/4 ounces of 80 proof) -- and that's assuming that the alcohol was mixed evenly throughout the whole drink, which is never a sure thing.

The good news is, I believe we have identified why a drink at home != a drink in a bar or restaurant.
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