Almost everyone is convinced that different spirits make us drunk in different ways. Some people believe that vodka makes them wild and that tequila can only lead to trouble, whereas Scotch gives you mellow, contemplative buzz. But is that really true? In a recent article for The Atlantic, Wayne Curtis, journalist and author of And a Bottle of Rum, decided to get to the bottom of this mystery using science. Unfortunately, what he found is that the scientific community isn’t much interested in finding out whether tequila or vodka makes people wilder drunks.
In 1984, he says, one study observed how different types of spirits affected rats. “Of course,” writes Curtis, “it’s hard to discern whether a rat given cognac was more melancholy than a rat who was given vodka.” I guess rats aren’t quite as emotionally complex as humans, or maybe they just don’t like to show their emotions.
Curtis does find a few theories that might hold some answers, but it appears that there isn’t any conclusive evidence that suggests the tequila is solely to blame for that one ridiculously crazy night you had back in college.
Does Tequila Make Us Crazy?, The Atlantic