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 Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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