# Alcohol Proof: A Brief Guide

*by Andrew Winslow Herbal Extractions*

In
case a liquor bottle indicates 151 proof alcohol, it refers to the alcohol
content of the liquor. Let’s understand things a little better.

**What Is Alcohol Proof?**

Alcohol
Proof is the measurement unit used for deciding the amount of ethanol present
in alcoholic beverages. So, the higher the alcohol proof, the stronger the
drink will be. This means **190
proof alcohol** is much higher than 80 alcohol proofs.

The
system to measure alcohol content is primarily used in the US, where proof is
double the amount of alcohol by volume. For instance, if case whiskey is 50%
ABV, it is a 100-proof whiskey.

**What Is the Origin Of
Proof?**

It
is a mystery for historians. A few claims that the term had originated in the
British Royal Navy in the 19^{th} century regarding rum, while other
people say that it is an outcome of practice done for testing whiskey
formulated by farmers in America about the same time.

Either
way, the term originated from a test, which had been performed to test the
alcohol percentage in liquor. The liquor had been combined with gun power and
then set on fire. In case there was any kind of explosion or ignition, the
bottle had been proved to have an acceptable amount of alcohol.

In
the US, the proof system had been established in 1848, where liquors having 50%
alcohol were defined as 100 proofs for the purpose of tax. It is a completely
arbitrary standard that had been picked as liquor with 50% alcohol was
considered to be quite normal for strong liquors. The taxes are determined on
the basis of how much lower or higher the proof of the bottle had been relative
to 100 proof.

**The Highest Proofs**

Even
though liquors might contain as low as 80 proof, they might also be as high as
191 alcohols proof. Spirytus Vodka is
known to have the highest alcohol proof. It is a Polish Vodka container. This
is followed by Everclear which is 190 alcohol.

The
higher the proof, the more calories you are going to consume. You are also more
prone to hangovers and become intoxicated much faster. However, the more you
drink, the heavier you will pour. Nothing will scream alcohol poisonings like
one or two shots of 95% alcohol. Alcohol above 101 proof is taken to be
flammable.

So,
consuming 190 proof alcohol can be a little dangerous. But that doesn’t mean
high-proof liquors can be enjoyed. You just have to drink it responsibly. You
might want to consider Sunset Rum which has 169 proof and Bacardi that has 151 proof alcohol.

Alcohol
having strong proof takes this characteristic as a bragging point. Thus, they
label their alcohol content.

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