How much rum does it take to get drunk?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how much rum does it take to get drunk” with an in-depth analysis of the standard set for intoxication level and what causes a person to feel drunk. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of rum, factors affecting the quality of rum, and the proper way to store rum.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How much rum does it take to get drunk?

When it comes to how much rum it takes to make you drunk, then it depends on several factors like your gender, your metabolism rate, your age, your body weight, level of alcohol tolerance, and the alcoholic content of rum.

When it comes to the standard that is set to check the intoxication level then a BAC of 0.08 % is set but most people become intoxicated even before this. 

You can estimate your BAC level by using this BAC calculator but it is worth mentioning that you should remember that you will get only a rough estimate from here. 

What causes a person to feel drunk?

Alcohol affects the body in a couple of ways. It depressed the activity of the central nervous system. Moreover, it stimulates the production of a neurotransmitter, dopamine and because of the activity of dopamine, a person feels relaxed.

Moreover, it decreases the regulation of glutamate thereby decreasing the rate at which a person responds to stimuli. It also activates the gamma-aminobutyric acid, which makes a person feel calm.

What is the alcoholic content of rum?

Rum commonly contains 40% ABV (Alcohol by volume) in its formulation but certain “overproof” rums have their alcoholic content more than that.

How long does rum last?

Rum lasts for an indefinite time but there is still some time limit in which you can enjoy the best quality and flavor of your rum but again it is all a matter of your taste preference, how you like your rum to be.

No doubt that the unopened bottle of rum lasts for ages but an opened bottle of rum retains its best flavor for about 6 months depending upon the storage conditions it is kept into.

When it comes to refrigeration, then there is no need to refrigerate rum if the only reason behind refrigeration is to prolong its shelf life because a properly stored rum lasts almost indefinitely even if stored in the pantry but if the reason behind refrigeration is to chill your rum so that you can gulp down a chilled rum then you can go ahead.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of the rum and rum lasts almost indefinitely, provided that it is stored properly.

Is rum safe to drink after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the bottle of rum refers to more of quality rather than safety so rum doesn’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. It is the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of rum but you can still use rum that is past this date as long as it was stored properly.

What are the factors that affect the quality of rum once it gets opened?

Once you open your bottle of rum, you will notice that its flavor starts to fade slowly with time. The two factors that are responsible for this gradual change are oxygen and the volatility of alcohol.

There are many volatile compounds present in the formulation of rum and each time you open your rum bottle, they evaporate a bit.

Moreover, each time you open your rum bottle, air (oxygen) enters your rum that can initiate oxidation reactions in it, thereby decreasing the quality of rum. So the more oxygen that finds its way to your rum bottle, the more will be the change in flavor that you will notice.

How to properly store rum?

  1. The rum starts to lose its characteristic flavor when it comes in contact with the air and sunlight owing to the oxidation reactions. Therefore to seal the freshness of rum for quite a long time we recommend you always close the lid/cap of the rum bottle as soon as you are done pouring the rum that you need.
  1. Once your rum bottle has been opened, it is recommended to always seal or close the cap of the bottle properly to minimize its air exposure.
  1. On the other hand, an unopened bottle of rum can be stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat and it can stay there for quite a long time.
  1. Temperature fluctuations can degrade the quality of the rum so you should take care of this.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how much rum does it take to get drunk” with an in-depth analysis of the standard set for intoxication level and what causes a person to feel drunk. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of rum, factors affecting the quality of rum, and the proper way to store rum.

Citations

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/how-many-drinks-does-it-take-to-get-drunk#blood-alcohol-concentration

https://home.binwise.com/blog/does-liquor-go-bad

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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