Why a 5% beer can make you TWICE as drunk as a 4%

We’ve all been there: In a bid to be sensible on a night out we’ve swapped spirits and wine for lower strength beers, only to wake up the next morning with a thumping head anyway.

We assume drinking beer is kinder to the body, that you can drink more of it and that the difference between a four per cent and a five per cent drink is minimal. But if that’s true, why does the latter get you drunk so much quicker?

An expert has explained that it’s due to the way alcoholic strengths are measured, and how this translates to the number of units in your favourite tipple.


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