How to enjoy tequila and avoid excess

Learn to enjoy tequila or any alcoholic beverage without falling into excess, so identify your limit. These are some recommendations.

How to enjoy tequila and avoid excess
Tequila shot with salt and lime. Photo by Francisco Galarza / Unsplash

Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of serious health problems, which include:

Certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and liver
Sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease
Damage to the heart muscle (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) leading to heart failure
High blood pressure
Liver disease
Serious injury or accidental death
Brain damage and other problems in a fetus
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome

In certain situations, the risks of alcohol may be greater, check with your doctor if:

You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
You have been diagnosed with alcoholism or alcohol addiction, or have a strong family history of alcoholism.
You have had a hemorrhagic stroke (when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or ruptures).
You have liver or pancreatic disease.
You have heart failure or have been told you have a weak heart.
You take prescription or over-the-counter medications that may interact with alcohol.

Learn to enjoy tequila or any alcoholic beverage without falling into excess, so identify your limit. These are some recommendations.

Do not mix different alcoholic beverages.
Know the measure of the standard drink to count the drinks accurately.
If you are going to work with machines, tools, or in situations where there is a risk of falling, do not drink alcohol, it may impair your concentration.
Drink slowly and spaced out. Do not drink more than one standard drink per hour.
Avoid consumption if you have health problems.
Do not let children and adolescents consume alcohol. Neither should those who care for them.
To hydrate yourself, do not forget to drink water, this will help your body process alcohol much more efficiently.

Responsible alcohol consumption

According to Article 217 of the General Health Law, alcoholic beverages are those containing ethyl alcohol in a proportion of 2% and up to 55% by volume. Any other beverage containing a higher proportion may not be marketed as a beverage. They are classified according to their alcohol content as follows:

Low: beverages with an alcohol content of 2% and up to 6% by volume.
Medium: beverages with an alcohol content of 6.1% and up to 20% by volume, and
High: beverages with an alcohol content of 20.1% and up to 55% by volume.

According to Mexican Official Standard NOM-006-SCFI-2012, on alcoholic beverages-tequila-specifications, the alcohol content of tequila can range from 35 to 55% Alc. Vol. and must be bottled in new containers that are made of materials allowed by the NOM.

The parameters to determine the low-risk consumption of alcohol, for adults of legal age who are in good health, according to the Mexican Official Standard NOM-047-SSA2-2015, are the following, it should be noted that it is recommended that you have free days of consumption. In Mexico, a standard unit of beverage has approximately 13 grams of ethanol or ethyl alcohol. According to the NOM, the standard cup equivalents are listed:

One canned beer = 1 standard glass.
A jug of pulque = 1 standard glass.
One caguama = 3 standard glasses.
A ¼ bottle of distilled spirits = 6 standard glasses.
A ½ bottle of distilled spirits = 12 standard glasses.
One ¾ bottle of distilled spirits = 17 standard glasses.
A 1-liter bottle of distillates = 22 standard glasses.
A ¾ bottle of wine = 5 standard glasses.
One 1 liter bottle of wine = 8 standard glasses.

It should be noted that under no circumstances and in no way may alcoholic beverages be sold or supplied to minors, per Article 220 of the General Health Law.