'Smart Drinkers' Say 2 Drinks Per Hour is the Perfect Pace to Drink

Half of Americans consider themselves “smart drinkers” (52%). What exactly does that mean? A survey of 2,000 people over 21 reveals what exactly makes someone a “smart drinker.” Results show that 65 percent of those who drink alcohol claim they’ve mastered knowing what and how much to drink.

How do you drink ‘smart’?

Conducted by OnePoll in partnership with Casa Azul Tequila Soda, results show that 45 percent are likely to take the guesswork out by drinking premixed canned alcoholic beverages.

The survey finds that a “smart drinker” paces themselves (49%) at about two drinks per hour, and “smart drinkers” choose low-volume alcoholic beverages (27%). Three in five actually prefer drinks with a lower alcohol percentage because it helps them drink at a better pace (61%). According to the survey, “smart drinking” also entails eating a meal before drinking (53%) and being sure not to mix different types of alcohol (45%).

While 42 percent say knowing the alcohol content of their beverage helps ensure an optimal drinking experience, 41 percent don’t often know what percentage of alcohol their drinks contain. In addition, 47 percent of alcohol consumers claim they can tell the difference when alcoholic drinks are made with real spirits and ingredients, with two in three claiming they can also feel the difference in their body the next day (67%).

Concern over canned alcohol

When it comes to canned alcoholic beverages, it can be easy to forget about keeping an eye out for those ingredients since the mix-work is already done. Nearly a third of those who consume canned options make a point of not having one without knowing if it contains real spirits (29%), leading 41 percent to opt out of drinking entirely if their drink doesn’t.

This may be why more than a fifth of respondents recommend staying away from drinks high in sugar or congeners to avoid hangovers (23%). To make sure they feel less of the effects afterward, alcohol consumers recommend paying close attention to exactly what ingredients are in those drinks (29%) and sipping on water in between drinks (44%).

From coordinating a safe ride home (52%) to knowing how and why alcohol affects your body (47%) and what ingredients are in your drink (27%), there are plenty of ways to be a “smart drinker.”

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