How Many Shots of Jack Daniels Will Get You Drunk?

Abbey Miller
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by Abbey Miller

Understanding the alcohol content level of Jack Daniel’s, how to calculate your BAC level, and how to drink without getting drunk can help you know how to have fun without getting too intoxicated.

A Jack daniels drink with 40 – 50% alcohol will take 4 – 6 shots to get you drunk.

How Many Shots of Jack Daniel’s Will Get You Drunk?

History Of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s is an extremely popular brand of Tennessee whiskey that is commonly used all over the world. After its inception in the mid-1950’s1950s, it has taken over the distilling and liquor industry by storm.

In recent times, there has been a significant change when it comes to producing Jack Daniel’s and consumption. In the late 1980s, this famous whisky brand had to be lowered to 80 proof, changing their ‘standard’ label to 80 proof instead of the previous high-end black label of 90 proof.

Furthermore, Jack Daniels continued to distill over time throughout the late 80s and 90s to reduce the alcohol percentage in this liquor. One of the main reasons for lowering the proof is to cut labor costs and production fees. However, Jack Daniels did not tell the public about the widespread reduction in alcohol content of their famous liquor, leading to outrage among whiskey critics, liquor reviews, and consumers alike.

Jack Daniel’s tried to combat this backlash by releasing limited-time and special bottles offering higher proof. Jack Daniel’s produced a 96 proof for the Tennessee Bicentennial, Single Barrel 96 proof in 1997, and a Silver Select Single Barrel bottle.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

Despite the issues with transparency in the liquor industry, Jack Daniel’s has remained one of the best-selling whiskeys in the entire world. Jack Daniel’s has a net sales growth of 3%, ranks as one of the top 20 on the Real 100 Spirits Brands Worldwide list, and holds a 4th place spot on the Power 100 Spirits and Wine list in Intangible Business.

Jack Daniel’s Alcohol Percentage

Even with the lower proof, Jack Daniel’s still has an alcohol percentage of 40%. The Old No.7 Black Label is the original Jack Daniel’s, coming in at 80 proof and 40% ABV. Jack Daniel’s used to produce a 90 proof, which was 45% ABV. People can also purchase a special edition Silver Select Jack Daniel’s bottle that is 100-proof and 50% ABV.

Jack Daniel’s is considered a spirit or a liquor when determining the rate of ‘standard drinks.’ 30 ml of Jack Daniel’s is regarded as one standard drink. In comparison, one can of a 2.7% light beer is considered 0.8 of a standard drink, and a medium light beer with a 3.5% ABV is regarded as one standard drink. 

Calculate Your BAC Level

When calculating how many shots of Jack Daniel’s will get you drunk, it depends on various factors:

  • Number of standard drinks
  • Body weight
  • Drinking speed
  • Food consumed
  • Metabolic rate

Most people can get an estimate of how much they can drink before they get drunk by using a Blood Alcohol Content calculator. You can input your gender, weight, standard drinks, and time frame for drinking to get an estimate of your BAC level.

For example, if you are a female that weighs 60 kilograms and you had three drinks in one hour, that brings you to an approximate BAC level of 0.068.

The Blood Alcohol Content informative chart can help you understand what every level of BAC means:

  • 0.02-0.05 — Cheerful, relaxed, reduced fine motor skills, increased accident risk, lowered inhibitions
  • 0.10-0.20 — Slurred speech, loss of control, the potential for irritability, poor coordination
  • 0.20-0.30 — Ataxia, vomiting, double vision, blackouts
  • 0.30-0.40 — Sleepiness, poor responses to stimuli, memory loss
  • 0.40+ — Respiratory failure and possible death

How to Drink Without Getting Drunk

There are a few tips you can follow if you want to enjoy Jack Daniel’s whiskey without getting drunk:

  • Space out your shots — Take more time between shots to help minimize the effects of the liquor. Pace yourself by having one drink or less per hour (30ml of Jack Daniel’s whiskey). Pace yourself by ordering a non-alcoholic beverage after each 30ml or adding water/a mixer to your Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
  • Eat beforehand — Eating beforehand can help you line your stomach and slow down alcohol absorption. Plus, eating beforehand helps reduce the potential risk of stomach acid buildup and nausea.
  • Drink slowly — Along with pacing your drinks, we recommend sipping slowly to avoid hangovers, getting drunk too quickly, and increasing the alcohol in your bloodstream.
  • Alternative drinks — Another helpful tip is to alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Not only will this help you stay hydrated and prevent the dreaded next-day hangover, but you can space out your alcohol consumption and keep your BAC at a normal limit.
  • Change the glass — This may sound strange, but changing the shape of your glass can help you slow down your drinking and space out your beverages. Try sipping on Jack Daniel’s with a mixer in a tall and skinny glass instead of a shorter and wider one to slow down your sips.
  • Sip on a shot — Even though you may like the taste of Jack Daniel’s, consider sipping on your shot or adding a mixer to it to avoid getting too drunk. Taking shots quickly can raise your blood alcohol content astronomically.

Jack Daniel’s Cocktails

Jack and Coke

For those who want to enjoy their Jack Daniels whiskey, we recommend trying one of these tasty cocktails to add more flavor and enjoy your sips.

Firstly, there is the classic Jack and Coke. This standard cocktail is served in most bars worldwide due to its simplicity and ease of ingredients. You may also see this called a “bourbon and coke” in some locations. This cocktail uses Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola — that’s it! Add 1 part whiskey and 3-5 parts of Coca-Cola to a glass filled with ice for a sweet cocktail.

Secondly, you can use Jack Daniel’s in the Lynchburg Lemonade, a famous Virginia-based cocktail. This cocktail uses 1 part Jack Daniel’s, 1 part sour mix, 1 part Triple Sec, and four parts lemon-lime soda.

Lastly, ‘Three Wise Men’ is a popular Jack Daniel’s cocktail that uses 1 part Scotch whisky, 1 part Jack Daniel’s, 1 part Kentucky bourbon whiskey, and ice. Some variations include adding 1 part of Turkey bourbon or adding 1 part tequila. You can also serve this cocktail near or on the rocks. 

Overall, there are numerous factors that influence how many shots will get you drunk. We estimate that three shots of Jack Daniel’s in one hour will get a larger man drunk, and two shots in one hour will get you drunk if you are a female.

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Abbey Miller
Abbey Miller
Abbey grew up in a family with an appreciation for great beers, fine wines, and nuanced Scotch whiskeys. It's no surprise that she studied Hospitality Management and is now a professional working on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
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