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How much alcohol does it take to get drunk?

Asked by desiree333 (3206points) August 24th, 2009

I am 5’10, 150 pounds. I’ve never been drunk before. (I’m 16) The most alcohol I’ve had in one sitting is 3 mike’s hard lemonades, and a pina colada that didn’t have that much alcohol in it. I am planning to get drunk with some of my friends who have been before. I plan to drink on a fairly full stomach, in not a very long period of time. This is a awkward question but I would like to know so I don’t accidently over-do it and pass out or something. By the way I will probabaly be mixing 40% vodka with juice, ice, and fruit to make drink smoothies (with my magic bullet :P)

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PerryDolia's avatar

Don’t do that. Be smart. Save your brain cells for later. You are going to need them.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I’d be glad to be the guinea pig in an experiment to find out. You’re buying.

girlofscience's avatar

Try drinking 4 of those smoothies. Wait a half hour, see what the buzz is like. You could probably have up to 6 of them without passing out or vomiting (being 16 and your first time getting drunk). But start with four, and then have one more if a half hour and possibly another an hour after that if you’re still reasonably coherent.

Good luck.

Ivan's avatar

This question makes me reconsider my position on question moderation.

DominicX's avatar

I’m not an expert, but for someone who is 5’10” and 150, it might take a little longer. If you’re going to drink, don’t drink too much or anything. You don’t have to be hammered out of your mind to be drunk and have fun. Start out small. Don’t just drink a bunch and wait and see what happens; it should be more gradual, that way you won’t risk anything.

This reminds me, I’m going to go get drunk right now. But of course, I’m like 5’6” and 115–120 or something like that. Back when I was younger and like 5’3” and 5’4” and such, it took me like two seconds to get drunk. Total lightweight. And I still pretty much am. But I didn’t drink a bunch; there’s no reason to do that.

I’m 18. Just turned.

desiree333's avatar

@PerryDolia I’ve waited long enough! I’m a pretty well-rounded person, and this is a very rare occasion. My friends don’t drink really at all, and so theres no peer pressure or anything.
@DominicX 5’10 and 150 pounds is a healthy weight, I can’t help being a freaking giraffe! :P

kibaxcheza's avatar

3 straight shots of 98% ever clear…. i promise you wont know which way is up

it takes me about 15 beers to get a good buzz 20 to 25 and im havin a killer night

(went to a bar killed 3 rum and cokes and 7 pitchers…. and even killed a liter of JD in about an hour and a half)

if im looking to not remember the night, i go straight for the hard grain.

(keep in mind, im a 20 year old collage student ad WVU… up here im considered to be only semi good at drinking XD )

pathfinder's avatar

six beers and one pipe

LucG's avatar

It happens that I get drunk when I’m having a good time, but drinking with the goal of getting drunk sounds pretty stupid to me.
Anyhow, when you drink a lot in a short period, once you feel that you are getting drunk, there’s still a lot of alcohol in your stomach waiting to be absorbed and that will come on top of your alcohol level. Since you plan to get drunk on a full stomach, I’d suggest that you eat something that doesn’t taste to bad when you’re vomiting later on. And don’t dream to pick up girls.

AstroChuck's avatar

Just enough and no more.

Jack79's avatar

@desiree333 you shouldn’t drink, but you’re going to do it anyway, right? Well, at least don’t drink too fast. You have to remember that the alcohol you consume NOW will kick in a bit LATER, so drinking inbetween could make you go over the limit. So the first time at least, take your time, sip slowly, and I’d say do it with something like wine rather than cocktails. It will get you drunk smoother and you’ll know how much you can hold.

The actual amount differs from person to person, and size obviously does matter. But I used to drink a lot when I was 21, and was so used to it that I had become immune. I’d drink bottles and bottles of really heavy stuff and never feel a thing. I used to take part in drinking competitions. And always win (have you seen me down a 1 litre bottle of tequila in 12 seconds?).

One day I quit, cold turkey (I was never an alcoholic) and didn’t have a sip for 12 years. When I started drinking again (in moderation this time), even a glass of wine would get me, even though I was bigger now. Today I would probably get slightly dizzy after a couple of those cocktails you describe, maybe completely drunk after 5–6.

Did I mention that getting drunk is stupid and not as much fun as you’d expect? Leave the vodka out of your smoothies. Drink the juice.

mattbrowne's avatar

One should never plan to get drunk.

shrubbery's avatar

Why does it have to be in a not very long period of time? What are we talking here? 10 minutes? 3 hours? Be careful with vodka- you may feel like you don’t even have a buzz then all of a sudden BAM it hits you. Just drink a couple and wait a while, seriously. For a second I thought you meant 40% of your mixes will be vodka and I was going to say wow that’s a lot, you’re going to get pretty sick of the taste! But then I realised you meant the vodka will be 40% alcohol. I’d say put about a 1–2cm of vodka in the bottom of the glass and make your mixers, have say max of 4 of those between half an hour and an hour and wait til it hits you. Seriously, I’m not joking about the vodka sneaking up on you. You’re going to think “Wow I’m not even drunk yet, I’m going to have some more!” and then all of a sudden an hour later you’ll be puking into the toilet or the closest chip bowl you can find. If you honestly think after an hour it’s not doing anything for you, try a couple more, just be careful! It is your first time after all, if you make a mistake and have too much at least you’ll know for next time, and no one should think less of you for it because I’m sure they’ve all been there before. Have fun!

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

You’ll know when you throw up, pass out, and feel like shit for two days. Then maybe you’ll wise up.

casheroo's avatar

You’re 16, you shouldn’t be drinking at all. Plus, why do you have to drink to get drunk? Drinking to me is a social act, not to get wasted.
You could have a couple drinks, and probably feel buzzed. Just leave it at that.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

first time? I wouldn’t drink more than a six pack in a couple hours. once you start getting dizzy and that ugly/weird guy/girl in the corner starts looking like they’d be fun to make out with is usually when you should put down the bottle. Remember, don’t drive, don’t let your buddies drive, if you’re going to drink at that age, you REALLY need to be smart about it, no one likes hearing about another teen dying on the road.

ps a fun game to play if you guys get bored outside of the normal drinking games, get your hands on a Breathalyzer and see who can get exactly .08… it’s a lot tougher than you think ;)

rebbel's avatar

I would say, go drink with your friends if that’s what you want, but don’t make it an experiment to see how fast you can take it in and how fast that is going to make you drunk.
Just drink it in a nice and easy tempo.
If you want to get drunk, you’ll get drunk anyway.
Also when taken in at a slow pace.

Be aware though, that more and more adolescents (in the Netherlands anyway) get in serious problems due to binge-drinking.
Our local hospital even opened a alcohol-poli especially for youths.
So, have fun, and take care.

Sampson's avatar

If you have to ask, you’ll never know.

Sampson's avatar

But seriously, 5’10” 150lb and no tolerance…

Your night will end with about 9 if you plan on getting wasted. If you’re just looking for a good buzz, 5 or 6 should be plenty.

deni's avatar

The first time I got drunk I had 5 beers and 3 shots over the course of two hours and I puked everywhere. I’m a fairly small person, 5’3 125….and I had no tolerance either. Since then I move along alot slower. And I still can’t do shots of Black Velvet. The smell makes me gag.

desiree333's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 Try to hit .08, isn’t that the legal drinking thing? (I honestly don’t know the term) If we are getting drunk won’t we be past that number already or something?
@LucG I’m a girl, so I dont plan “on picking up girls”....
@rebbel thanks
@casheroo Thats right I am 16. Adults don’t seem to know what the world of a sixteen year old is really like. Believe me everybody drinks at my age, and I’m very curious. I’m not going to get wasted, just a little bit drunk :P
@shrubbery yeah, I will take it slow. I’ve heard soo many stories of teens drinking too quickly and not feeling anything and an hour later they end up with alcohol poisoning, and get rushed to the emergency.
@Sampson‘s first reply: ????
@kibaxcheza omg, you drink ALOT!!!! 3 shots of 98%!?? Are you trying to kill me? :P

Sampson's avatar

@desiree333 Exactly.

@desiree333 @kibaxcheza There’s no such booze for 98% that’s legal in the US…

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

moonshine boiy!

Sampson's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 Most moonshine is barely more potent than vodka. And I’ve had plenty in my time.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

lol yeah I have absolutely no idea about moonshine, I just like saying boiy.

casheroo's avatar

@desiree333 LOL, sweetie..I’m only 23…I know what it’s like to be 16, especially in this day and age. I even had a cell phone at 13, so I’m not that old ;) I was just giving my opinion because I began drinking at 14, and I regret it. I just wanted you to know, that your decisions like this have consequences. Whether it hurt your family or friends, or you.

desiree333's avatar

@casheroo ohh, you do know then. :P

usucadis's avatar

To be honest, it really depends on what you are drinking compaired to the volume of liquid alcohol you intake. i mean, you can drink a 10% alc malt liquor that has 2 servings and get nice and fuzzy or a 24 oz 3 serving that can take you further. Sure your weight and size has to do with it but be careful what you drink. Budlite takes forever but shoot down two FOUR energies @ 10% and you may get hooked and mess up.

desiree333's avatar

haha I ended up getting drunk, then i had to walk home, and stepped in my dog’s crap, didn’t even notice it, then accidentally tracked it all over my house.. It was an..interesting experience. And I felt wierd, like all bubbly and I was laughing at myself because I felt stupid because I could barely walk. I thought it was okay, not anything right awesome. I felt retarted though, like I was slow or something.

harrypotter17's avatar

Me and my friend are totally fucked up! we are 15 ans had 6 shots of whisky and a beer in 20 minutes. It is my first time and it is awesome! The hangover tomorrow is going to suck though. We didn’t go slow and are just fine.(probably not).But just go for it.

Ivan's avatar


You’re not impressing anyone. If anything, you’re endangering yourself. Go home.

ItsAHabit's avatar

Men and women are not equal when it come to alcohol. Contrary to common myth, not even men and women of the same height and weight experience the same effects from consuming identical amounts of alcohol.

Women are affected by alcohol more rapidly because they tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men. (Please don’t hit me.) As fat cannot absorb alcohol, it is concentrated at higher levels in the blood.

Women also have less of a gastric or stomach enzyme (dehydrogenase) that metabolizes or breaks down alcohol before it enters the bloodstream. Because of this, women absorb up to nearly 30% more alcohol into their bloodstream than men of the same height and weight who drink the same amount of alcohol.

Women are also usually shorter and lighter than men, further concentrating alcohol in their blood. Therefore, when women of average size consume one drink, it will have almost the same effect as two drinks do for the average-size man. If women eat little or skip food entirely, that compounds the effects of drinking alcohol.

Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle can also affect alcohol metabolism adversely, increasing the impact of alcohol.

The bottom line is that a woman who hopes to “hold her own” in drinking against a man is putting herself at great risk.

lucasFLOCKAjames's avatar

aight im 14 i weigh 143 or so and im about 5’9 i drink somewhat often and it takes me about 6–7 mikes hards to get drunk….if your gonna drink liqour dont drink over 8 shots of it…i drank like 10–12 shots of crown royal felt terrible like i was dieing for 2 days couldnt eat and puked 4 times so be carefull

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tifycatastrophie's avatar

what is wrong with you people encouraging a 16 year old to drink! she is still just a baby, its people like you that encourage kids to drink and buy minors booze. thats why this world is going to shit and all these teenagers are getting drunk then driving, kids are losing their lifes because idoit adults are saying its okay. or peer presure gets to you, its stupid, i got drunk when i was 16 and i completly regret it. i got taken advantage of because i thought it would be cool to get drunk with the older kids,. now i have to live with that forever, im sure you dont want that to happen to you, think about it

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