Can Non Alcoholic Beer Get You Drunk? Math time


Non alcoholic and alcohol free beer is taking over the market. You can’t have missed how much shelf space it now has and the are of growth. However, there are still lots of people new to the sector or who just have questions. One of the most common i see is… “Can non alcoholic beer get you drunk?”

Can non alcoholic beer get you drunk?

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

To get drunk on non alcoholic beer, you need to drink x40 12fl oz cans of non alcoholic beer in less than 2 hrs.

This equated to 480fl oz of non alcoholic beer, 3.5 gallons of non alcoholic beer or 14.2 litres of beer in 2hours. 

To look at it another way, you will have to drink a 12fl oz can of non alcoholic beer, every 3mins, for 2 hours, to get drunk.

It is not really possible to drink 480fl oz of non alcoholic beer in 2 hours, so it is not possible to get drunk on non alcoholic beer.

Can alcohol free beer get you drunk?

To get drunk on alcohol free beer, you need to drink x400 12fl oz cans of alcohol free beer in less than 2 hrs.

This equated to 4800fl oz of alcohol free beer, 35 gallons of alcohol free beer or 142 litres of beer in 2hours. 

To look at it another way, you will have to drink x10 12fl oz cans of alcohol free beer every 3mins, for 2 hours, to get drunk.

It is impossible to drink this amount of fluid in 2 hours so it is impossible to get drunk on alcohol free beer

How many alcoholic beers to get drunk?

To figure out if you can get drunk on non alcoholic beer, you need to know how many alcoholic beers it would take to get drunk.

What is a standard beer?

Beers come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no point in me saying “standard beer” and you imagining some 12% Imperial Stout when i mean a 4% Lager!

To get around this, the  USDA have devised a list of “standard” alcoholic drinks. Each one contains the exact same amount of alcohol – 14g of alcohol (0.6 ounces).

Below is a list of the standard drinks, volumes and ABV that all give 14g of alcohol.

Drink and volumeAlcohol content
12fl oz Beer5%
5fl oz Wine12%
1.5fl oz Spirit40%
Standard Drinks

So as you can see, a standard beer is a 12fl oz and 5% alcohol by volume beer. These are the figures to use in the calculations to come.

What is the legal definition of “drunk”?

Now we know what a standard beer is, we need to know how to scientifically judge what “drunk” is under the law. It needs to be a bit more precise than not walking too straight.

A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% is classed as legally intoxicated in the US.

So lastly, we now need to see how many standard drinks would get your BAC to 0.08%.

How many standard beers to get drunk?

How many alcoholic beers does the average adult need to drink to get to a BAC of 0.08% and drunk under the law?

The CDC tells us that the average 160lb adult male will need to drink 4 standard drinks, in the case beers, to get to a BAC of 0.08%.

The answer is therefore, it would take 4 standard beers to get drunk. These need to be drank over 1-2 hours however, as your liver will start breaking down the alcohol in your blood as soon as it encounters it.

How many non alcoholic beers equals one beer?

The next step in working out if you can get drunk on non alcoholic beer is to see how many non alcoholic beers equals one alcoholic beer.

I have dedicated a full article to it here

A non alcoholic beer has 0.5% ABV and an alcoholic beer has 5% alcohol by volume. 

Therefore, you would need to drink 10 non alcoholic beers of the same volume to equal one alcoholic beer of the same volume. The math is 5/0.5 = 10.

How many alcohol free beers equals one beer?

The math is just as easy for alcohol free beers.

An alcohol free beer will have less than 0.05% ABV compared to 0.5% for a non alcoholic beer so to keep things easy, let’s us the 0.05% number.

You would need to drink 100 alcohol free beers of the same volume to equal one alcoholic beer of the same volume (in terms of alcohol).

How many non alcoholic beers to get drunk?

To get drunk on non alcoholic beer you have to drink x10 the amount of standard alcohol beer.

4 standard beers is enough to get your BAC to 0.08%, so it would take 40 non alcoholic beers to get drunk.

Again, this has to be over a relatively short time period.

How many alcohol free beers to get drunk?

If it takes 40 non alcoholic beers to get drunk then the crazy amount of alcohol free beers it would take is 400 over 1-2 hours.

Can non alcoholic beer get you drunk?

You need to drink 40 12fl oz cans non alcoholic beers over 1-2 hours to get drunk. If you set out to try and do this, some people might just be able to but in general, at normal drinking levels or above, it is not possible to get drunk on non alcoholic beer.

Can alcohol free beer get you drunk?

You need to drink 400 12fl oz cans of alcohol free beer over 1-2 hours to get drunk. It is not physically possible to drink this amount of liquid, therefore it is impossible to get drunk on alcohol free beer.

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