Control State Directory and Info (2023)

Control State Directory and Info (1)

Seventeen states and jurisdictions in Alaska, Maryland, Minnesota and South Dakota adopted forms of the "Control" model. They control the sale of distilled spirits and, in some cases, wine and beer through government agencies at the wholesale level. Thirteen of those jurisdictions also exercise control over retail sales for off-premises consumption; either through government-operated package stores or designated agents.

Control jurisdictions represent approximately 24.7% (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d., Liquor Handbook, 2019) of the nation’s population and account for roughly 23.0% (Liquor Handbook, 2019) of distilled spirit sales and a significantly smaller percentage of beer and wine sales.

Information Sheets

Click on the links to the right to review each jurisdiction’s info sheet. If you have questions, you may contactMargaret Barchine – Director, Communications.

Control State Directory and Info (2)

18 Control Jurisdictions

  • Control jurisdictions represent approximately 24.7% (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d., Liquor Handbook, 2019) of the nation’s population and account for roughly 23.0% (Liquor Handbook, 2019) of distilled spirit sales and a significantly smaller percentage of beer and wine sales.
  • Control jurisdictions reflect the public commitment to moderation and serve as a vehicle for balance between alcohol profits and public wellbeing through dedicated enforcement, resources, promotion of alcohol education and awareness programs to support that commitment (NABCA, 2020).

Control Systems provide to their communities:

  • Revenue (Zullo, 2016), which supports human services/ prevention efforts, education initiatives and special programs such as school and transportation needs. Revenue are also given to local governments/municipalities and other important endeavors (National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, n.d.).
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “control systems that oversee retail alcohol sales generally results in lower alcohol outlet density. In addition to potential public health benefits, lower outlet density may improve quality of life by reducing property damage and public disturbance (e.g., public intoxication)” (Hahn, R.A., etal, 2012).
  • Control systems are vigilant in not selling to underage and visibly intoxicated consumers (Miller, T., et al, 2006).
  • Control systems protect communities from oversaturation of alcohol selling locations, which has been found to increase consumption and cause harm (Tabb, 2016).
  • Control systems provide a level playing field in a highly competitive beverage alcohol marketplace (Tabb, 2016).
  • Control systems benefit producers in that once a product is approved for sale, it is available in all retail locations throughout the state at the same cost (Zullo, 2016).
  • Control systems benefit producers in that a product will be delivered to one receiving location and the system willdistribute the product to its multiple locations (Tabb, 2016).


Beverage Information Group. (2020). 2019 Liquor Handbook .

Bureau, U. S. C. (2022, February 3). Retrieved February 7, 2022, from

Hahn, R. A., Middleton, J. C., Elder, R., Brewer, R., Fielding, J., Naimi, T. S., Toomey, T. L., Chattopadhyay, S., Lawrence, B., & Campbell, C. A. (2012). Effects of alcohol retail privatization on excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(4), 418–427.

Miller, T., Snowden, C., Birckmayer, J., & Hendrie, D. (2006). Retail alcohol monopolies, underage drinking, and youth impaired driving deaths. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 38(6), 1162–1167.

NABCA. (2020). Alcohol Beverage Control Jurisdictions - A Community Choice. Arlington, VA.
National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. | National Alcohol Beverage Control Association Control State Directory and Info. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2022, from

Tabb, L. P., Ballester, L., & Grubesic, T. H. (2016). The spatio-temporal relationship between alcohol outlets and violence before and after privatization: A natural experiment, Seattle, WA 2010–2013. Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology, 19, 115–124.

Zullo, R. (2016). Better to own or to regulate? the case of alcohol distribution and sales. Administration & Society, 49(2), 190–211.


Oregon Liquor Control Commission

9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Portland, OR 97222
(503) 872-5000

Our mission is to promote the public interest through the responsible sales and service of alcohol beverages.

Our Goals:

Public Safety Principle

  • OLCC’s policy will focus on public safety and community livability considerations when guiding alcohol beverage system growth.
  • OLCC will meet potential customer demand for alcoholic beverages and outlets in a socially responsible manner.

Economic Development Principle

  • OLCC will enable business people to be viable in their sale of alcohol, supporting economic viability for Oregonians.
  • OLCC will intelligently manage the healthy growth of the Distilled Spirits Program so desired distilled spirits products reach the customer timely and efficiently.

Stewardship Principle

  • OLCC will continue to work collaboratively with local government and other partners to gain efficiencies in providing customer service.
  • OLCC will continue to provide responsible stewardship of its assets, managing risk and protecting revenue flow.
  • OLCC will sustain high-level customer service. It will continue to seek to improve its customer service levels by finding additional efficiencies, improving timeframes for delivering services, and by making information accessible to customers and the public.


Idaho State Liquor Division

1349 E. Beechcraft Court
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 947-9400

Idaho Code 23-102, 23-203, and 23-404 vests the Idaho State Liquor Division with the mission of curtailing the intemperate use of alcohol by regulating and controlling the sale of beverages exceeding 16% alcohol. All revenues derived from such sales are distributed to state and local units of government in accordance with the Idaho code

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Montana Alcoholic Beverage Control Division

125 N. Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 444-6900

The Montana Alcoholic Beverage Control Division administers the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code, which governs the control, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. The division includes liquor distribution and liquor licensing.


Wyoming Department of Revenue

Herschler Bldg.
122 W. 25th Street 2nd Floor West
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-7233

The agency’s primary mission is the administration and collection of mineral and excise taxes as well as the valuation of property and the wholesale distribution of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of liquor laws.


Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services

1625 S. 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
(801) 977-6800

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services (DABS) has been in existence since 1935. In that year, the Utah State Legislature created the department by statute and charged it with the responsibility of conducting, licensing, and regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages in a manner and at prices which reasonably satisfy the public demand and protect the public interest, including the rights of citizens who do not wish to be involved with alcoholic beverages. The legislature also mandated that the department is operated as a public business using sound management principles and practices.


Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

1918 SE Hulsizer Road
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 281-7400

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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is responsible for the regulation and control of alcohol in the State of Iowa. Iowa is one of eighteen control states that, since the repeal of prohibition, directly control the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. In addition, the Division is responsible for the enforcement of state and federal laws and regulations regarding the sale and use of alcohol and tobacco products.


Michigan Liquor Control Commission

7150 Harris Drive
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 322-1345,4601,7-154-10570---,00.html

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) was created upon the repeal of Prohibition by the legislature acting in special session in December 1933. The act creating it empowered the Commission to control all alcoholic beverage traffic within this state. The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor. The mission of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the sale and distribution of these alcoholic beverage products.


The Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) of the Mississippi State Tax Commission is tasked with regulating the legal and responsible dispensing of alcoholic beverages within the State of Mississippi. ABC’s major functions are described below:

  • As the state’s wholesaler, the ABC imports, stores, and sells 2,500,000 plus cases of spirits and wines annually. From its 211,000 square foot warehouse located in South Madison County Industrial Park, ABC offers Mississippi’s 1,700 licensed retailers almost 4,100 plus brands and sizes of beverage alcohol. For items not on its Price Book or its monthly Fine Wine List, ABC develops and maintains business relations throughout the nation to accommodate consumer orders of special products. The 27.5% markup (set by state laws) on products shipped from the Warehouse yields some $57,000,000 of the $83,000,000 deposited annually into the state’s General Fund.
  • ABC manages the issuance of some 1,700 alcoholic beverage licenses for package retailers and various types of on-premises retailers. ABC also licenses managers of retail businesses and temporary retailers such as nonprofit civic or charitable events. Licensing fees, including the additional permit fees collected from on-premises businesses, total about $5,400,000 each year.
  • As the enforcer of the state’s liquor laws, ABC is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining fair and equitable enforcement of the Local Option ABC laws, the prohibition laws and state beer laws. To accomplish this mission, ABC stations twenty-eight law enforcement certified enforcement agents throughout Mississippi. Most ABC agents maintain offices at the Tax Commission District Offices. Since 1966, ABC agents have successfully prosecuted in excess of 40,000 liquor law violations and destroyed approximately 3,000 illicit whiskey stills.


Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

2715 Guntner Park Drive West
Montgomery, AL 36019
(334) 271-3840

The Alabama ABC Board controls alcoholic beverages through distribution, licensing, and enforcement as well as education. State and federal laws regarding youth access to tobacco are enforced, and retailers and the general public are provided information relative to the laws and their consequences. The Board also operates a chain of retail stores selling the majority of liquor purchased to consumers in Alabama.


Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations

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8 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-3721

The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations (BABLO) is proud of its commitment to providing the most satisfactory public service for the complete distribution and sales of Powerball, Tri-State Pick 3 and Pick 4, Tri-State Heads or Tails, Tri-State Megabucks, instant lottery tickets, and the pricing, listing, and delisting of spirits and fortified wines.


Vermont Department of Liquor Control and Lottery

13 Green Mountain Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-2345

The Department of Liquor Control purchases distributes, and sells distilled spirits through its agency stores; enforces Vermont’s alcohol and tobacco statues, with a strong emphasis on limiting youth access; educates licensees, and promotes responsibility. An integral part of our mission is to control the distribution of alcoholic beverages while providing excellent customer service and effective public safety, for the general good of the state.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Liquor Commission

Storrs Street, Robert J Hard Bldg.
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-7026

The NHLC regulates the sale of alcohol in the state of NH. NH is one of 17 “control states” in the nation where the government directly controls the distribution and regulation of alcoholic beverages. In doing so, NHLC operates 79 retail locations knows as NH Liquor & Wine Outlets throughout NH that serve more than 11 million customers each year. NHLC serves as an essential revenue source for the state of NH, generating more than $156 million in FY 2016 for NH’s General Fund, which is used to fund programs including education, health and social services, transportation and natural resource protection. NHLC has generated more than $3 billion in net profits since it opened its first NH Liquor & Wine Outlet in 1934.


The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (“Division”) is responsible for controlling the manufacture, distribution, licensing, regulation, and merchandising of beer, wine, mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor within Ohio pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Chapters 4301. And 4303. Regulatory functions include the issuance of permits to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of alcoholic beverages. As a control state, all beer and intoxicating liquor must be bought and sold pursuant to Ohio law.


Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Room 518, Northwest Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17124
(717) 783-7637

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is responsible for licensing the possession, sale, storage, transportation, importation and manufacture of wine, spirits, and malt or brewed beverages in the Commonwealth, as well as operating a system of liquor distribution (retailing) and providing education about the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.

West Virginia

West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration

900 Pennsylvania Avenue, 4th Fl.
Charleston, WV 25302
(304) 356-5500

Since 1935, the WVABCA has endeavored to control the use of alcoholic beverages and enforce the laws and regulations regarding alcoholic beverages in the State of West Virginia.


Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

2901 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 213-4400

The mission of the VABC is to control the distribution of alcoholic beverages; operate efficient, conveniently located retail outlets; enforce the laws of the Commonwealth pertaining to alcoholic beverages and youth access to tobacco products; and provide excellent customer service, a reliable source of revenue, and effective public safety.

North Carolina

North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

4307 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
(919) 779-0700

North Carolina is one of 17 control state systems and a member of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. As an agency under the Department of Commerce, it is our overall objective to provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.


Although Maryland is considered a license state, residents of Montgomery County, MD enjoy the many benefits offered by a control jurisdiction including public health and revenue generation. With emphasis on customer service and public safety, Montgomery County ABS conducts the wholesale distribution of beverage alcohol, owns and operates 25 off-premise stores and shares the retail segment with approximately 1,100 license-holders.


What does ABV stand for alcohol? ›

The number of units in a drink can be calculated from the alcohol by volume (ABV) and the size of the drink. The higher the ABV, the stronger the drink.

What does ABC store stand for? ›

ABC store may refer to: Liquor stores in U.S. states run by an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Alcoholic beverage control states, US states controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages.

How many control states are there in the US? ›

What are the 17 control states? Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are all classified as control states.

Is South Carolina a liquor control state? ›

​​Summary. South Carolina regulates alcoholic beverage commerce through a three-tiered distribution and licensing structure that strictly separates manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing interests into distinct tiers of operation.

Is 5% alcohol a lot? ›

5% alcohol by volume (ABV) is a relatively low alcohol content for beer. Most light beers are around 3.5% ABV, while most typical “premium” beers are around 5-6% ABV. Some craft or artisanal beers can have significantly higher ABVs, up to 12% or more.

Can you get cirrhosis from drinking? ›

drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time (binge drinking) can cause fatty liver disease and, less commonly, alcoholic hepatitis. drinking more than the recommended limits of alcohol over many years can cause hepatitis and cirrhosis, the more serious types of ARLD.

How does NC ABC work? ›

The State does not own any liquor as NC operates under a bailment system. Local ABC boards order products from suppliers that are shipped to the state's warehouse then distributed locally. No State funds are spent to distribute or sell liquor. The state and local operation of the ABC system is receipt supported.

What information should be documented in an incident log? ›

The incident log documents all details about an event, including date, time, what happened, who was involved and who witnessed the event. You should fill out the incident log immediately after an incident.

What is the primary purpose of ABC's Trace program? ›

TRACE is a protocol wherein first responders to alcohol-related emergencies immediately notify ABC when an incident involves a person under 21 and an alcoholic beverage that results in great bodily injury or death.

What is US control state? ›

Seventeen states and jurisdictions in Alaska, Maryland, Minnesota and South Dakota adopted forms of the "Control" model. They control the sale of distilled spirits and, in some cases, wine and beer through government agencies at the wholesale level.

Which state has most liquor stores? ›

Which States have the highest number of businesses in the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores industry in the United States? California (5,521 businesses), New York (4,264 businesses) and Texas (2,673 businesses) are the States with the most number of Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores businesses in the US.

Which states have liquor monopolies? ›

Alcohol Monopoly States
  • Alcohol monopoly states in blue. Alabama.
  • Idaho.
  • Iowa.
  • Maine.
  • Maryland (Montgomery County)
  • Michigan.
  • Mississippi.
  • Montana.

Why do liquor stores have 3 red dots? ›

' The reason behind this is because most Palmetto State liquor stores have three red dots on their signs. In Pennsylvania refer to this as a 'state store' while in Michigan, they frequent 'party stores' for their booze. Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, they use the term 'package store' or 'packy.

Can I buy liquor on Sunday in SC? ›

Hours of Alcohol Sales

Retail Liquor Stores Monday through Saturday, 9:00am until 7:00pm. Closed Sunday Other Beer sales are 24 hours a day Monday through Saturday. No Sunday sales permitted unless allowed by county.

Can minors drink with parents in South Carolina? ›

South Carolina law allows people under age 21 to consume alcohol in their parent, guardian, or spouse's home, or as part of a religious ceremony, as long as the alcohol is legally purchased.

Why do I get drunk after one drink? ›

You can get drunk off of one beer for many reasons. Your diet that day – how much food and water you consumed in the last 24 hours – has a significant impact on how quickly you get drunk. Other factors such as general health and the ABV of the beer may also be at play.

Why do I drink to get drunk? ›

People like to get drunk because alcohol smacks your brain around in a number of ways that feel pleasant, or at least different, or at the very least better than going without. And that's really how all mood-altering drugs work.

How do you get drunk? ›

“Once you start consuming alcohol, your liver begins breaking it down. An enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase is responsible for breaking down alcohol to acetaldehyde and that is then further broken down to acetic acid,” notes Dr. Krel. “Getting drunk occurs when you consume alcohol faster than you can break it down.”

What are 4 warning signs of a damaged liver? ›

If signs and symptoms of liver disease do occur, they may include:
  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain and swelling.
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Dark urine color.
  • Pale stool color.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
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Can a doctor tell if you drink alcohol? ›

The short answer is yes: blood testing can show heavy alcohol use. However, timing plays a significant role in the accuracy of blood alcohol testing. In a typical situation, blood alcohol tests are only accurate six to 12 hours after someone consumes their last beverage.

Can my liver repair itself if I stop drinking? ›

Some alcohol-related liver damage can be reversed if you stop drinking alcohol early enough in the disease process. Healing can begin as early as a few days to weeks after you stop drinking, but if the damage is severe, healing can take several months.

Can you pour beer at 18 in NC? ›

Employee Age Requirements for On-Premise Businesses: Mixed Beverage Permits Bartenders or other employees who mix drinks containing spirituous liquor must be at least 21 years old. Beer & Wine Permits Servers who prepare, serve, sell or deliver alcoholic beverages must be at least 18 years old.

How far does a bar have to be from a church in NC? ›

Kinds of businesses already in the neighborhood; Whether the establishment is located within 50 feet of a church or public school or church school; Zoning laws; The recommendations of the local governing body; and.

How do I get my ABC permit in NC? ›

In the state of North Carolina, the liquor license application process is faster and much smoother than in many other states. You can download application forms from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission—ABC Board—website,, along with other requested documentation and paperwork.

What are three 3 pieces of information you would record in the incident register to document the information about the customer ban? ›

What information must be recorded on the RSA Incident Form?
  • Date and time of incident.
  • Description of the location at the premises where the incident happened.
  • Name or description of the people involved.
  • Details of the incident, including whether the person/s were removed from the premises as a result of the incident.

What are the three 3 requirements for writing an incident report? ›

Incident Report Sample Walkthrough: A Step-by-Step Guide
  • Step 1: Provide Fundamental Information. ...
  • Step 2: Take Note of Any Damages and Injuries. ...
  • Step 3: Identify Affected Individual(s) ...
  • Step 4: Identify Witnesses and Take Their Statements. ...
  • Step 5: Take Action. ...
  • Step 6: Close Your Report.
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What are the five elements of good incident report? ›

Write an Effective Incident Report in 5 Steps
  • The date and time it occurred.
  • The specific location of the incident.
  • All of those who were involved and their immediate supervisors. ...
  • Names and accounts of those who witnessed the incident.
  • The series of events that took place leading up to the incident.

What happens if a server doesn't get certified ABC? ›

My server is not certified because their exam expired. How can they get certified? Servers have three attempts within 30 days after they completed training to pass the exam. If they fail three times or do not pass the exam within 30 days, they must repay the $3 exam fee, retake training, and pass the exam.

What is an RBS Server number? ›

Upon completion of training and the certification exam, the alcohol server will be issued a certification number which is valid for three years. The alcohol server certification number is recorded on the Alcohol Server's Dashboard in the training history at the bottom of the page of the RBS Portal.

How long is RBS training? ›

The online RBS Training course is self-paced and may be completed at your own speed. For most students, the course takes approximately two hours to complete.

Is Texas A control state? ›

Currently, the seventeen control states are Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Uniquely, Montgomery County, Maryland, operates as a control county within the state.

Who regulates alcohol in the US? ›

The Department of the Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulates aspects of alcohol production, importation, wholesale distribution, labeling, and advertising. Consumers may write to TTB at 1310 G St. N.W., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005; telephone (202) 453-2000 or see the TTB Contact page.

Which type of alcohol is strongest? ›

Here are 12 of the strongest liquors in the world.
  1. Polmos Spirytus Rektyfikowany Vodka. Proof: 192 (96% alcohol by volume) ...
  2. Everclear 190. Proof: 190 (95% alcohol by volume) ...
  3. Golden Grain 190. ...
  4. Hapsburg Absinthe XC. ...
  5. Balkan 176 Vodka. ...
  6. Sunset Very Strong Rum. ...
  7. Stroh 160 Rum. ...
  8. Devil's Springs Vodka 160.
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What state drinks the least alcohol? ›

Utah has the lowest consumption of alcohol, with alcohol consumption per capita of 1.34 gallons.
The ten states with the highest alcohol consumption per capita (in gallons) are:
  • Vermont - 3.06 gallons.
  • Idaho - 2.94 gallons.
  • Wisconsin - 2.93 gallons.
  • Colorado - 2.88 gallons.
  • South Dakota - 2.87 gallons.

What state drinks the most beer? ›

New Hampshire took the top spot in 2020, outdrinking other states with 41.5 gallons of beer consumed annually per capita.
American Beer Consumption By State.
Beer Consumption By State (2020)Annual Gallons Per CapitaPreferred Beer
Arizona27.0Dos Equis
6 more rows
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What state drinks the most alcohol? ›

According to a report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Americans' alcohol consumption reached 7.8 billion gallons in 2018.
Gallons Overall.
RankStateGallons Overall*
4New York36.3M
47 more rows
1 Jul 2020

What does ABC stand for in alcohol? ›

The purpose of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“ABC Law”) is to carry out the policies of the State of New York with respect to alcoholic beverages.

Why is alcohol used in monopoly? ›

The alcohol monopoly was created in the Swedish town of Falun in 1850, to prevent overconsumption and reduce the profit motive for sales of alcohol. It later went all over the country in 1905 when the Swedish parliament ordered all sales of vodka to be done via local alcohol monopolies.

Which is an indicator of a false ID? ›

Lifted corners may be a sign of a fake ID. Check and feel the front and back of the ID for bumps, ridges and irregularities, feel for information that may be cut out or pasted on, especially near the photo and date of birth.

What is the highest ABV alcohol? ›

Here are 12 of the strongest liquors in the world.
  1. Polmos Spirytus Rektyfikowany Vodka. Proof: 192 (96% alcohol by volume) ...
  2. Everclear 190. Proof: 190 (95% alcohol by volume) ...
  3. Golden Grain 190. ...
  4. Hapsburg Absinthe XC. ...
  5. Balkan 176 Vodka. ...
  6. Sunset Very Strong Rum. ...
  7. Stroh 160 Rum. ...
  8. Devil's Springs Vodka 160.
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How much ABV do you need to get drunk? ›

Blood alcohol concentration

In the United States, a BAC level of 0.08% is the standard to identify legal intoxication.

What does 7 ABV mean? ›

Alcohol by volume, or ABV, is used to measure the alcohol content of beer, wine, distilled spirits, and other alcoholic beverages. Beers typically fall in the 3.0 to 13.0 percent ABV range, with the majority being 4.0 to 7.0 percent ABV. Some can be weaker or stronger than this.

What is the difference between alcohol proof and ABV? ›

The two main methods for indicating the alcoholic content of a beverage are alcohol-by-volume (abv) and proof. In the United States, a spirit's proof is simply double the abv. This means the liquid in a bottle of 90-proof bourbon is 45% abv, while a bottle of 151-proof rum is 75.5% abv.

What is the least harmful alcohol to drink? ›

"Clear liquors like vodka, tequila, and gin are lowest in sugar and calories and are easiest for our bodies to metabolize," Kober says.

What happens if you drink 100% alcohol? ›

You'd get drunk and if you drank enough, get alcohol poisoning and even die. It's not overly different from lower percentages, except for the fact it would take less to get to the desired level of intoxication.

Can you put vodka in your gas tank? ›

What Happens If You Put VODKA In Your Gas Tank? - YouTube

How many beers equal a shot? ›

One beer is equal to one shot. Therefore, you will be within the legal BAC limits if you have one drink an hour. According to the American Addiction Center, binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a “short time”.

Which beer has highest alcohol? ›

What beer has the highest alcohol content? Brewmeister's Snake Venom Ale has a ABV rating of 67.5%.

How many beers does the average American drink a day? ›

This equates to 467 ounces of pure alcohol, and we know that one serving is 0.6oz of pure alcohol. That's right, according to the World Health Organization, the average alcohol-consuming American drinks 778 servings of alcohol each year. That's an average of over two servings per day, and fifteen servings each week.

Can 13.5 alcohol get you drunk? ›

If you're not an avid drinker, a glass could easily get you drunk. On average, wines have an alcohol concentration between 11 and 13%; how much wine you have to ingest to get drunk largely depends on the actual level of alcohol in wine, but it's not the sole factor at play.

Can black coffee sober you up? ›

Coffee cannot 'sober you up. ' It does not get rid of alcohol from the system. If you have an alcohol level above the legal limit, you can drink all the coffee you want and the alcohol level will not magically fall faster than it would have if you had not drunk the coffee.

Why is it called a fifth of alcohol? ›

In the late 19th century, liquor in the US was often sold in bottles which appeared to hold one US quart (32 US fl oz; 950 ml), but in fact contained less than a quart and were called "fifths" or commercial quarts.

Can you drink 200 proof alcohol? ›

No. The consumption of this product will lead to liver failure, coma, or death. Also, you might be exposing yourself to cancer, which you don't want. Instead, opt for beverages with an alcohol concentration of between 5-50%.

What is 200 proof alcohol used for? ›

Decon's Pure Ethanol 200 Proof is 100% absolute (undenatured) Ethyl Alcohol that meets USP and multi-compendial specs including EP, BP, JP. Used as a cleaner, solvent, or as a reagent.


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