Can you get drunk on raki?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

It is definitely possible to get drunk on raki. Raki is a strong alcoholic beverage that is typically consumed in Turkey and some other Mediterranean countries. It is made from distilled grapes and flavored with aniseed, giving it a distinct taste.

When consumed in excess, raki can certainly lead to intoxication. The alcohol content of raki can vary, but it is typically around 40-50% ABV (alcohol by volume). This is similar to other strong spirits like vodka or whiskey. So, just like with any other alcoholic drink, if you consume a large quantity of raki, you can become drunk.

However, it is important to note that getting drunk is not the main purpose of drinking raki. In Turkish culture, raki is often enjoyed as part of a social gathering or meal. It is meant to be sipped slowly and savored, rather than consumed quickly to get drunk. In fact, there is a traditional saying in Turkey that goes, “Bir içki içelim, bin dost edinelim” which translates to “Let’s have a drink and make a thousand friends.” This reflects the idea that raki is meant to be enjoyed in moderation and in the company of others.

In Turkey, it is common to chase raki with water, turnip juice, or tea. This helps to cleanse the palate and enhance the flavors of the drink. It is generally not recommended to mix or chase raki with other alcoholic spirits like beer, as this can increase the alcohol content and potentially lead to getting drunk faster.

In my personal experience, I have had the opportunity to try raki during my travels to Turkey. I found the taste to be quite strong and distinct, similar to licorice. I followed the traditional method of chasing it with water, which helped to balance out the flavors and make it more enjoyable. I took my time to sip the raki slowly, allowing myself to appreciate the flavors and the company I was in. I did not consume enough to get drunk, as I wanted to fully experience and remember the cultural significance of the drink.

While it is possible to get drunk on raki due to its high alcohol content, it is not the main purpose of drinking this traditional beverage. It is best enjoyed slowly and in moderation, savoring each sip and appreciating the cultural significance of the drink.