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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

There’s nothing wrong with consuming alcohol, if you indulge in it once in a while and in small quantities. However, certain spirits are actually dangerous! Yamini Walia tells you which ones to steer clear of, or be very careful of drinking if you decide to

Retired American football player, Ray Lewis, once said, “We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do.” We agree with and subscribe to most of that view. However, taking it too seriously when it comes to consuming alcohol or certain types of food might be a bad idea. There’s nothing wrong with trying out different types of food and drink, but make sure that you are aware of the potential ill-effects that accompany them. The following drinks, for example, can actually be very dangerous to consume.

This alcoholic beverage is regarded as the father of dangerous drinks. Famous due to pop-culture references, the drink contains wormwood and anise. It may be popular now, but in the 19th century, it drove people crazy, caused epilepsy and tuberculosis, and was actually banned. It has also been linked to hallucinations, though the topic is fiercely debated. Due to recent changes in the rules and regulations of food and beverages, absinthe is available in the market again. If you do intend to try it, make sure you buy it from a very reliable source and ensure that it contains the legalised, 70% or 80% alcohol.

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage, made from agave plants in Mexico. As part of a marketing gimmick in the 1940s, mezcal producers started putting a young insect in the bottle, a larval form of the moth, Hypopta Agavis, which lives off the agave plant. Unfortunately, the trend caught on and the drink is still sold with a visually disturbing worm inside it, making it unsafe to consume.

Scorpion Vodka
Really? A scorpion in your vodka?! Yes, the Russians have taken vodka to a new level, by preserving a scorpion in it. This drink is used as an aphrodisiac in south-east Asia and also, to treat muscle and back pain. The highlight of this drink, is that the full-length scorpion is edible along with its stinger. Sounds horrifying!

This drink is banned in 14 countries, which is enough proof of how dangerous it is. The drink contains 95% alcohol and is made up of grain alcohol and ethanol. In extreme cases, just a sip of this drink can see you paying the ICU a visit.

According to popular belief, moonshine can make you blind you and can even lead to fatality. Since, the drink is not aged; it contains approximately 75% alcohol. Moonshine is a distilled alcoholic beverage, associated with backwoods stills and hillbillies. Since its manufacture is not regulated (in India, it is termed as hooch or tharra), the distilling process is often unclean. So, there is a high possibility of the presence of contaminants, in the drink, which can and have lead to death.

Four Loko
As far as alcohol content goes, Four Loko is nothing exceptional — it only contains up to 8 or 12% alcohol and is mostly consumed by college students. But, it is so dangerous that it is dubbed as “badness in a can” by the Harvard University Health Services. Why you ask? Well, the answer lies in its caffeine content, which is equal to five cups of coffee! This means that because you think that you aren’t drinking much alcohol, you will consume so much caffeine, that your energy levels will rise beyond the normal amount and this can make you violent. This drink has already led to several cases of hospitalisation and is best avoided.

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