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 Can You Get Drunk On 3.2% Beer?
ShamusMcOI  [Team Member]
3/14/2004 8:31:36 PM
I mean seriously, does that extra 1.8% make that big of a difference?

I had a few Buds the other night, and started to get a small buzz. I then drank a couple more beers from a local brewery. For some reason, this beer is 3. something percent beer, instead of 5% or so. A little higher than 3.2%, but still under 4%. Anyway, I actually started to sober up after drinking them.

So is it actually possible to get drunk on 3.2% beer?
legrue  [Team Member]
3/14/2004 8:35:15 PM
You're joking, right?
SexualChocolate  [Member]
3/14/2004 8:35:20 PM
Sure you can get drunk off it. It's going to take a shitload more beer, and a lot of trips to the head though. Edited to say: You should try a Samual Jackson [img]http://silverstone.fortunecity.com/rambler/251/non-web/cp/davebitch.jpg[/img] It'll get you drunk!
dpmmn  [Team Member]
3/14/2004 8:35:47 PM
Yes.....you just need to drink more of it [BD]
sgtstinger  [Member]
3/14/2004 8:39:26 PM
Not really what I'd call drunk, but maybe a fair little buzz. The thing is, though, that the 3.2% stuff seems to mess with me the next day if I've had quite a bit of it...aka "The 3-2 Flu"... The 5% beer doesn't bother me the next day...at least not like the 3.2% seems to. Also, same brand(Bud, Bud Light, Michelob Light) 3.2% vs. 5%, I think the 5% tastes better, too.
jerry48430  [Member]
3/14/2004 8:41:08 PM
3.2 beer by law must contain 3.2% alcohol. Whereas "normal" beer must not exceed 6% alcohol. Average alcohol content is 4% to 5%. Can you get drunk on 3.2% beer? Bet your bippie you can. Difference being approximately 1 TBL of water in 12 oz.
Scollins  [Member]
3/14/2004 9:00:13 PM
"3.2" beer is 3.2% by WEIGHT, whereas most of us think of beer as being by volume (as most beer is marked that way.) 3.2% by weight is equivalent to 4% by volume. Most normal beer is 5% by volume (Budweiser, Miller, Coors.) So, if you have a "3.2" beer, right at 4% by volume, it has 20% less alcohol than a standard beer. It would take 7.2 bottles of "3.2" beer to equal 6 bottles of standard beer. I'd hardly call that "a shitload more beer" to get the same effect. Lastly, a lot of beer called "3.2" beer isn't right at the max. Most of it varies from 2.8 to 3.1. So those beers will require more volume to get the same buzz.
C-4  [Team Member]
3/14/2004 9:04:50 PM
A 12 ounce can of beer has 355 ml of fluid. Alcohol is always listed in % by volume, rather than by % weight, as for, say, bleach which lists the percent of sodium hypochlorite by weight. Therefore, a 12 ounce can of 3.2% contains 11.36 ml of alcohol and a can of 5% contains 17.75 ml of alcohol. As a percentage, the 3.2% can has only 64% of what a 5% can contains. Looked at another way, a 5% can has an extra 6.39 ml of alcohol which is 56% of the alcohol contained in a 3.2% can. Looked at yet another way is that a 5% can has about one-and-a-half times more alcohol than a 3% can. So for every 2 beers you have of the 5%, you need to drink 3 beers of the 3.2%. Your body metabolizes alcohol at a constant rate. As long as more goes in than can be metabolized, you will build up a level high enough to get you intoxicated. Tens of millions of people have succeeded before you.
C-4  [Team Member]
3/14/2004 9:11:00 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By Scollins: [red]"3.2" beer is 3.2% by WEIGHT[/red], whereas most of us think of beer as being by volume (as most beer is marked that way.) 3.2% by weight is equivalent to 4% by volume. Most normal beer is 5% by volume (Budweiser, Miller, Coors.) [/quote] I didn't know that. I usually drink Canadian beer so I have to admit I've never examined a Bud can in detail. Does it say '3.2% by weight' on the can?
mattsd  [Member]
3/14/2004 9:27:18 PM
5-6% beer doesnt usually do much for me. i have to drink a redicilous amount or beer to get there, unless im totally empty stomached. I think that is why great men invented delicous drinks like yeagermiester and Admrial Nelson.
GunLvrPHD  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 11:23:29 AM
I got drunk on it many times at a "3.2 bar" in college. GunLvr
colinjay  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 11:53:55 AM
i hate 3.2 beer. i'll never foget going up to OKC and going out to the bars. drinking seven or eight beers, only getting a light buzz and having to piss for the rest of the night sitting down like a freaking pansy. i've never excreted so much urine in my entire life.
RAVYN  [Member]
3/15/2004 12:21:57 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By jerry48430: Whereas "normal" beer must not exceed 6% alcohol. Average alcohol content is 4% to 5%. quote] Not true unless its some weird state law of yours. Most beers I drink are 6.5 to 7.5%
star2323  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 12:46:30 PM
I think all of the beer in Iowa is under 4%.
thelastgunslinger  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 12:48:06 PM
All of the answers to this question can be found at these two sites: http://www.csulb.edu/~parayner/Alcohol.html http://www.realbeer.com/edu/health/calories.php In short: 3.2 is measured by weight and is equal to 4.0 by volume. Regular Budweiser is 5.0 by volume. So 3.2 beer is only 20% less alcohol than regular Budweiser. Guinness Draft is 4.0 by volume, or 3.2 by weight. Guinness does not have to be altered at all to be served at the 3.2 bars that populate Utah. I KNOW that a person can get drunk drinking Guinness pints. So yes, you can get drunk on 3.2 beer.
lvgunner777  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 12:51:15 PM
Utah has that bullshit beer and I can tell you, the effect is definately different than what I am used to here in Nevada. You might as well drink water and inhale some second hand smoke, you would get as buzzed and not have the hang over. [rofl2]
HKocher  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 12:56:12 PM
I can't speak for AB, but when I worked at Coors, the difference between "3.2" beer and the liquor store stuff was negligible. I don't remember the exact numbers because that wasn't my dept., but with Coors Light it was around .1-2% difference and Coors Original was a bit more, maybe .3-.5%. Same thing when I worked at a Bar/Restaurant in college, the Bar manager told me there was really no difference in 3.2 beer with regards to the big US brewers (AB, Coors, Miller), and he was the guy that had to order the stuff, so I believe him.
thelastgunslinger  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 1:07:23 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By lvgunner777: Utah has that bullshit beer and I can tell you, the effect is definately different than what I am used to here in Nevada. You might as well drink water and inhale some second hand smoke, you would get as buzzed and not have the hang over. [rofl2][/quote] It is not like drinking water. Say you like to drink 6 draft pints when you go out. If you drink Budweiser (which is a very average beer in alcohol content) then you would have to drink 7 and a half 3.2 pints to get the same amount of alcohol. That is not that much more. Maybe you just need to pick up the pace a little bit when you drink the 3.2%.
klutz347  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 1:26:43 PM
Since I don't drink Alcohol, I would probably get drunk off of a wine cooler.[booze]
MadProfessor  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 1:29:05 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By ShamusMcOI: So is it actually possible to get drunk on 3.2% beer?[/quote] Only if the other 96.8% is Vodka
Moe-Ron  [Member]
3/15/2004 1:51:51 PM
When I was a kid we used to shotgun 6packs of "Burgie!"(Burgermeister). Weak beer, but real cheap. You can get pretty buzzed after "drinking" a 6pack of anything in half an hour. Cheers
RAVYN  [Member]
3/15/2004 1:56:44 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By Moe-Ron: When I was a kid we used to shotgun 6packs of "Burgie!"(Burgermeister). Weak beer, but real cheap. You can get pretty buzzed after "drinking" a 6pack of anything in half an hour. Cheers[/quote] we called it a torpedo...pop a hole in the bottom...tilt it up...and pop the top.
Scollins  [Member]
3/15/2004 8:58:52 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By C-4: [quote]Originally Posted By Scollins: [red]"3.2" beer is 3.2% by WEIGHT[/red], whereas most of us think of beer as being by volume (as most beer is marked that way.) 3.2% by weight is equivalent to 4% by volume. Most normal beer is 5% by volume (Budweiser, Miller, Coors.) [/quote] I didn't know that. I usually drink Canadian beer so I have to admit I've never examined a Bud can in detail. Does it say '3.2% by weight' on the can? [/quote] Almost all cans and bottles of beer in the states have alcohol listed by volume, which is the common form of measurement. I have no idea why the "3.2" states picked "by weight" instead of "by volume." Maybe it was to make it sound like the government had actually done something. "See, we restricted beer to be no more than 3.2%! Re-elect us!" When in reality, it doesn't really affect the alcoholic content by that much. I just know that my beer (Beck's) can't be sold in Utah, but Beck's Light can be due to it having less alcohol. At least my states are all not that FUBAR when it comes to beer laws and alcoholic content. Now the rest of the liquor laws in WA, OR, ID, MT and AK (my terrority) are totally FUBAR in my opinion, but what are you going to do?
colinjay  [Team Member]
3/15/2004 9:42:03 PM
here in texas, i like drinking "malt beverages" instead of "beer" anyway. I was quite surpirsed to find that some of my favorite brews are 12 and 14% abv... i think chimay (one of my faves) ranges from 9-12% alcohol. now that's a real beer. 3 point. bleech! thats a basketball shot, not a beer.