Is Tequila a Stimulant?

tequilaYou’ve heard it — or said it — before. “I’m going to drink Margaritas tonight because I am pretty tired. Did you know Tequila is the only alcohol that is a stimulant?”

I am going to burst a few salt-lined bubbles, and I swear I am not doing it out of personal revenge for tequila. True, it has not always been kind to me, we have had our rough nights, but I still wouldn’t resort to making up lies about it. Here’s the truth, tequila is not a stimulant. Sorry.

I know it feels so good when it hits your lips and has inspired incredible dance moves, pick up lines and song lyrics (e.g. Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off & You and Tequila Make Me Crazy), but it is not a stimulant. Like all alcohol, it is a depressant, though I realize this is hard to believe when you are dancing on the bar at 2am. The myth that tequila is a stimulant is much like our college mantra, “If you don’t remember it, it didn’t actually happen.” False or not, if it works for you , and makes you enjoy your summer night a little more, believe what you will. Bottoms up. Look out for the worm.


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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.

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