Troy on Tap is coming up next weekend, so I've been doing some studying about beer. Okay, so maybe that's not exactly what I've been doing, but I did come across this interesting article on the internet!

I'm sure you've noticed you can drink two or three 4% beers and barely feel it? But if you drink two or three 5% beers, you're wasted! Right?

And, I mean, obviously it's because there's more alcohol in the 5% beer, but why does that extra 1% seem to get you so much drunker?

Well, we have science for that!

The average person can only process one unit of alcohol per hour.  A "unit" is 10 milliliters, and a 4% beer has 1.4 units. So if you drink one 4% beer, your body can only process one unit, which means there is still another 0.4 units of alcohol leftover in your system after one hour. So, then you might have another beer the next hour, but your body can STILL only process one unit. So now you've got 0.8 extra units of alcohol in your system.

Now, a 5% beer has 1.8 units of alcohol, exactly 0.4 more than a 4% beer, which might not sound like a lot more, but if you do the math, you end up accumulating 0.8 units of alcohol per hour. And after two hours, it's up to 1.6!  #drunk

So even though 5% beer only has 25% more alcohol than 4% does, you end up with TWICE as much booze in your system! I know, even though you tried to follow along, it's still confusing, especially if you already drank said beer!

You should know that if you drink beer with an even higher alcohol content, it goes up exponentially.

So, cheers!  I'll see you at Troy on Tap, Saturday, September 19!  (Details Here!)  I'll be the one looking for the 5% beer!

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