People who suffer from an alcohol addiction often look for beverages that have the highest amounts of alcohol content. After all, these drinks can soothe their withdrawal symptoms much quicker or can get them drunk faster. However, one drink has been become infamous for its dangerously highly alcohol content: Everclear. This drink is considered to be, by far, the strongest alcoholic drink in existence. And it’s extremely dangerous.
What Is Everclear?
Everclear is a vodka that is sold in two varieties: 151-proof or 75.5% alcohol and 190-proof or 95% alcohol. That means that Everclear is almost 100% alcohol, which means that it is odorless, tasteless, and is clear. For taste (as well as safety) purposes, it is almost always mixed with cocktail or fruit juice blends.
Everclear is known as a neutral-grain spirit or a pure grain alcohol. This means that Everclear is a highly concentrated ethanol that is purified by repeated distillation. Neutral-grain spirits are primarily produced from grains such as corn or wheat. This further increases its potency and, when combined with mixers, it can be easy to drink a dangerously high level of Everclear in a short period of time.
What Are The Effects of Everclear?
Due to Everclear’s high toxicity and concentration, it is actually extremely flammable. Beyond that extreme danger lives in drinking even in small amounts can be extremely. If you ingest even one shot of Everclear you may experience the following symptoms:
- Extreme intoxication
- Temporary impairment of motor skills
- Alcohol poisoning (which can lead to death)
And Everclear is also dangerous for your skin and eyes. If it touches your skin, it can cause rashes, pain, burns, and other unwanted problems. Contact with your eyes can result in redness, pain, burns, and even temporary blindness.
Banned In 14 States
Everclear is so dangerous that is it banned in 14 states. While that leaves 36 states where individuals can legally purchase Everclear, more states could join the list in the future due to its high toxicity. The 14 states that currently ban Everclear include:
- New York
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
Having an alcohol addiction or drinking Everclear (even in small amounts) is a danger to your health, safety, and well-being. If you or a loved one has purchased Everclear or enjoys drinking it, you need to find help today. Contact us at AlcoholTreatment.net to learn about ways you can fight an addiction to alcohol or to learn more about the dangers of Everclear.