Does root beer make you drunk?

Answered by Willian Lymon

Root beer does not make you drunk. In its traditional form, root beer contains a very low alcohol content of around 2%. This amount is negligible and is unlikely to have any intoxicating effects on the body. However, it is important to note that some variations of root beer may have a higher alcohol content if additional alcohol is added to make it a stronger alcoholic beverage.

The classic method of making root beer involves using the root bark of the sassafras tree or the vine of Smilax ornata, also known as sarsaparilla. These ingredients give root beer its distinct flavor. The roots are typically boiled and then combined with other ingredients such as sugar, yeast, and flavorings to create the beverage.

During the fermentation process, yeast converts the sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. This natural fermentation process produces a small amount of alcohol, usually around 2%. However, the alcohol content in commercially produced root beer is often lower than this due to various factors such as pasteurization and the addition of preservatives.

It’s worth noting that the alcohol content in root beer is significantly lower than that of traditional alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, or spirits. For comparison, most beers have an alcohol content ranging from 4% to 6%, while wines typically range from 12% to 15%.

If you come across root beer with a higher alcohol content, it is likely that additional alcohol has been added intentionally to create a stronger alcoholic drink. These variations are not commonly found in regular root beer products available in stores.

To summarize, traditional root beer contains a minimal alcohol content of about 2% due to the fermentation process. However, this amount is generally not enough to cause intoxication. If you’re looking to enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage, root beer can be a great choice.