A search on the net for the most potent drinks in the world throws up interesting results. A range of blogs and articles enlist various concoctions of alcohol that can literally kill.
Sometimes the urge to experiment or to get completely sloshed overtakes people. Despite knowing the adverse effects of excessive drinking, such as hangovers, dehydration and even alcohol poisoning, people cannot resist the temptation and in fact, they come up with millions of reasons to have a drink.
Alcohol has been one of the most intriguing subjects for the mankind and this fascination has led to the creation of some drinks that are considered to be deadly. Here are a few of the most dangerous drinks in the world:
- Tokyo Iced Tea
With a deceptive name like that and a variant of the popular Long Island Iced Tea, it is interesting to note that one glass of Tokyo Iced Tea is worth eight or nine shots of liquor. Forget being washed out, such a dose can straightaway land one in the hospital for alcohol poisoning.
- Four Loko
As far as alcohol content is concerned, it is just 8-12 percent in Four Loko, however, its potency lies in its caffeine content. One cup of this liquor is equivalent to five cups of coffee. Now at a glance that may not seem like a bad deal since no matter how much one drinks, he would still feel sober. But that is where the risk lies. To drink without getting affected is always a bad idea as people end up having more than they intended. In case of Four Loko, this can prove catastrophic since a person ends up putting tremendous amounts of caffeine into his system. This could result in a heart attack, if not alcohol poisoning.
- Liquid Cocaine
It is a concoction of Bacardi 151, Goldschlager, and Jagermeister – ingredients that can impair someone in no time. It is a recipe of disaster and is capable of causing severe effects, such as vomiting and heartburn.
If there is a liquor that can make someone go blind, then this would be it. Moonshine is an illegally distilled liquor which is very potent. Often done by hobbyists or amateurs, if not distilled correctly, it can prove fatal not just for the person making it, but also for those drinking it. This is because the chances of contamination are high as there are no checks on the manufacturing process.
- New Orleans Hand Grenade
Basically, a strong cocktail like any other, grain alcohol in it makes New Orleans Hand Grenade a brutally potent drink. Alcohol in its purest form is nothing short of ethanol and the various uses of ethanol are warning enough to never put grain alcohol on party drinks list.
Everclear is colorless and unflavored pure grain alcohol. Banned in many states in the United States, it is 95 percent alcohol. The fact that it can set a house on fire if spilled is reason enough to avoid it.
Alcohol poisoning can prove fatal
Let alone these dangerous drinks, excessive or binge drinking of any alcoholic beverage can prove to be hazardous. It is a common cause of severe conditions, such as alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning can have a fatal effect on breathing, heart rate, and gag reflex and can even lead to coma and death.
Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include vomiting, confusion, seizures, irregular breathing and losing consciousness. Even when unconscious, the body continues to release alcohol into the bloodstream. The person is also at risk of choking on his own vomit since alcohol affects the gag reflex. Alcohol is easily absorbed by the body and it takes a lot more time to get rid of it. Mixed drinks may take even longer to metabolize.
Path to sobriety
In case you or your close friends have an onset of alcohol poisoning or dehydration, get help. If someone close to you is addicted to alcohol and wants to get rid of dependence on their drinks, get in touch with the Alcohol Addiction Get Help Helpline that can help him achieve complete sobriety. You may call our 24/7 helpline number 866-281-3014 or chat online for further information on alcohol addiction treatment centers in the U.S.