How Much Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Does It Take To Get Drunk


Jack Daniel’s whiskeys are very popular but / because (delete as appropriate) they have an alcohol content of 40% or more so they can certainly get you drunk. Either way you’ll want to know how much Jack Daniel’s you have to drink before that happens.

On average it takes about four to five fl oz / 120 to 150ml of 40%ABV Jack Daniel’s whiskey to become drunk. This amount can be higher or much lower depending on several factors to do with the person doing the drinking, the specific Jack Daniel’s whiskey and the way they’re drinking it.

Let’s go into that in more detail.

Kermit the frog in a drunken pose with several bottles of Jack Daniel’s

How Many Drinks Of Jack Daniel’s Does It Take To Get Drunk

As mentioned, it takes on average about four or five fl oz or 120 to 150ml of 40%ABV Jack Daniel’s to become drunk, but it would also be useful to know how many drinks of Jack Daniel’s that is. Since the standard amount in a drink of Jack Daniel’s neat or on the rocks is 2fl oz or 60ml, it’s pretty easy to work out.

On Average it takes about two or two and a half neat drinks of 40%ABV Jack Daniel’s whiskey to get drunk.

Of course, the stronger the specific Jack Daniel’s whiskey you’re drinking is, the less amount or number of drinks it would take to get drunk, as you can see from the following table.

ABVNumber of Drinks
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel45% & 47%
Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof62.5% – 70%1¼ – 1½

However, when drinking Jack Daniel’s neat, it could take you more drinks than this to get drunk for the following reasons:

You Drink Over a Longer Period of Time

When drinking Jack Daniel’s neat, you’re rate of drinking is slower than when you drink it in a shot. Drinking Jack Daniel’s neat means five or six sips over ten minutes or more. Drinking Jack Daniel’s in a shot means one gulp all at once. Obviously, the longer you to take to drink your Jack Daniel’s, the less it will affect you and the more you need to get drunk.

You Reduce the Amount of Alcohol in Your Drink

Since the purpose of drinking Jack Daniel’s neat is to taste its flavors, several things are often done to stop the alcohol getting in the way of that. A nosing glass or tumbler is used which causes some of the alcohol to evaporate, and water or ice is added which dilutes the drink. With less alcohol in your drink, you’ll need more Jack Daniel’s to get drunk.

How Many Shots Of Jack Daniel’s Does It Take To Get Drunk

It would also be useful to know how many shots of Jack Daniel’s it takes to get drunk. Remembering that it takes four or five fl oz or 120 to 150ml of 40%ABV Jack Daniel’s to become drunk it’s also pretty easy to work out, although this time there are two standard shot sizes – 1fl oz (30ml) and 1.5fl oz (45ml).

On Average it takes about four or five 1fl oz shots or two and a half to three and a half 1.5fl oz shots of 40%ABV Jack Daniel’s whiskey to get drunk.

The following table also shows how many shots of 40%ABV Jack Daniel’s it takes to get drunk for both shot sizes.

Shot SizeNumber of Shots
1fl oz – 30ml4 – 5
1.5fl oz – 45ml2½ – 3½

Of course, if you’re drinking a Jack Daniel’s with a higher ABV it will take less shots to get drunk. And if you’re drinking shots over a longer period of time, it will take more to get drunk than if you’re drinking shots in quick succession.

A bottle and glass of Jack Daniel’s under a sign that says Surprise I’m Drunk

Factors Affecting How Much Jack Daniel’s It Takes to Get Drunk

The amount and number of drinks of Jack Daniel’s it takes to get drunk mentioned above, is on average. It can be higher or much lower depending on several factors that will vary from person to person and time to time.

Age

Age affects how much alcohol it takes to get drunk because younger people are at the peak of their health and have a faster metabolism. It takes more Jack Daniel’s for younger people to get drunk than for older people.

Sex

Women are usually smaller than men so it will take less Jack Daniel’s to give them a high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level. Even at the same weight it will take less Jack Daniel’s to make women drunk because of various factors that cause their bodies to process alcohol less efficiently.

Body Weight

Body weight determines the amount of space through which alcohol can diffuse in the body. That means the more you weigh the lower your BAC will be and the more Jack Daniel’s it takes to get drunk.

Body Fat

Alcohol can’t be dissolved in fat, so the higher your body fat the more alcohol becomes concentrated in your blood (meaning a higher BAC) and the less Jack Daniel’s it will take to get drunk.

Muscle Mass

Muscle has more water than fat which dilutes alcohol. So, the higher your muscle mass the more Jack Daniel’s it will take to get drunk.

Sleep

If you’ve slept well in recent nights your alcohol tolerance will be higher compared to someone who hasn’t, and it’ll take more Jack Daniel’s to get drunk.

General Health

Your general health and any medications you take will affect how much Jack Daniel’s it takes to get drunk. In fact, if you are taking medications you should consult a doctor before drinking anything alcoholic.

Being A Regular Drinker

If you drink alcohol regularly, then you may have developed a level of tolerance that means it will take more Jack Daniel’s for you to get drunk. On the other hand, if this is your first alcoholic drink in a long time, then you could get drunk from a much smaller amount of Jack Daniel’s.

Whether You’re Drinking on An Empty Stomach

If you’re drinking Jack Daniel’s on an empty stomach, then it will take less of it for you to get drunk. That’s because without food in your stomach to absorb the alcohol, it will pass quickly from your stomach into the small intestine, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream and causes intoxication.

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Josh Mitchell

I'm Josh Mitchell. I love whiskey and am working on increasing my whiskey tasting abilities and my collection.

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