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

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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