How Many Mike’s Hards Does it Take to Get Drunk?

By April 1, 2019Drinking Facts

Looking to get drunk? Whether you are going for a full night out hitting popular Key West watering holes, hanging out at home and wanting to enliven the evening, or dragging yourself into your favorite dive bar intent on forgetting your problems, Mike’s Hard is a solid choice. It offers a kicky alternative to beer and comes in a variety of delicious flavors. However, the big question is: How much of the stuff do you need to get drunk? A six pack will set you back a bit more than your typical domestic brew, so it is reasonable to question the kind of investment it will take to get the job done. While there is no simple answer, we are going to break down some of the various factors that contribute to your buzz and give you a rough estimate to follow. Remember though – if you overindulge, the Hangover Hospital is here with the best hangover cure in Key West to help get you back on track.

How Do You Define Drunk? A Look at Blood Alcohol Content Levels

‘Getting drunk’ is a subjective term. For some it means feeling loose and relaxed, still able to function but more likely to break out into some type of outrageous behavior you can look back on fondly once you sober up. For others, it means getting completely hammered and engaging in debauchery you will likely not remember the next day. At the Hangover Hospital, we say to each their own.

However, in Key West the police have a very firm idea about drunkenness and will pick you up in a heartbeat if they catch you out staggering around in public or so much as fumbling with your car keys. So, to begin our analysis of how much Mike’s Hard it will take to get you drunk, let’s look first at blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. In Florida, .08 percent is the legal BAC limit but you can still catch a criminal charge if you are several percentage points lower. How much Mike’s Hard do you have to drink to reach this level?

Mike’s Hard has the same amount of alcohol by volume as your standard beer, which is .05 percent, and it typically comes in an 11.2 ounce bottle. While it depends on various factors such as your age, height, weight, and gender, the following chart from On Health provides a rough guide on how much Mike’s Hard you would need to drink to put you over the legal limit:

Drinks 100 lbs 140 lbs 180 lbs 220 lbs
1 .04 .03 .02 .015
2 .08 .05 .04 .03
3 .11 .08 .06 .05
4 .15 .11 .08 .07
5 .19 .13 .11 .08
6 .23 .16 .13 .10
7 .26 .19 .15 .12
8 .30 .21 .17 .14
9 .34 .24 .19 .15
10 .38 .38 .21 .17

Other factors that influence how drunk you get from drinking Mike’s Hard include whether you eat while you are drinking and whether you slam them back quickly or slowly consume them over the course of a few hours.

But How Does It Feel?

While having a general idea of what your BAC level might be useful, it does not address how long it will take to feel like you are getting drunk on Mike’s Hard. This goes back to what you are looking for in a buzz and whether you want to get somewhat silly or totally smacked. For guidance in this area, we are going to use the above chart along with impairment ratings from MedlinePlus:

  • At .05 percent, you can expect to feel relaxed, less inhibited, and focused on having fun.
  • At .08 percent, you can expect to feel relaxed and may find it hilarious when you stumble or begin slurring words.
  • At .13 percent, you are either on your way to being drunk or are already there. Any problems or inhibitions you had before you began drinking Mike’s Hard may now be a distant memory.
  • At .16 percent or higher, you are wasted and will want to make an appointment at Hangover Hospital as soon as you wake up the next day.

Going Harder?

Mike’s Hard is a malt-based beverage similar to beer, which is why it typically has the same amount of alcohol by volume. However, just as there are stronger beers and malt liquors on the market, there is a Mike’s Harder. For those who want to get drunk quicker, Mike’s Harder contains .08 percent alcohol by volume. This is still considerably less than the 35 to 50 percent found in vodka and other hard liquors, but more than enough to do the trick. It comes in many of the same tasty flavors as traditional Mike’s. If you do imbibe, realize that it is going to take fewer of them to reach your drunken destination.

Complete Overindulgence

Based on the medical and scientific evidence above, if you want to get drunk on Mike’s Hard you are going to need at least one six pack per person, maybe a little less if you are drinking the Harder version. How drunk can you get drinking Mike’s Hard? The sky’s the limit, folks. If you are willing to put in a little time and effort, you can get completely blasted to the point of forgetting your name and ditching all social norms. Mike’s Hard is not as potent as other hard liquors, but do not let its smooth and seemingly harmless flavor fool you. It can still pack a punch and anything over eight or nine bottles is likely to leave you with a horrific hangover in the morning.

Contact the Hangover Hospital

When you overindulge on Mike’s Hard, the Hangover Hospital is here to help. You can either contact us online for more information or simply call and request an appointment today.