Can Food Cooked with Alcohol Get You Drunk?

alcohol rehab in greensboro NCThinking of making a delicious rum cake for a family reunion but worried it might be too much for your newly recovered cousin? We all love a good vodka pasta or tequila lime chicken dish but sometimes, cooking with alcohol might not be what it seems. It's especially not a good idea if you've been through alcohol rehab in Greensboro NC.

The rumor has it that anytime you cook with wine or liquor it cooks out, leaving nothing but flavor. However, that’s not quite true. You certainly can’t get drunk from beer battered fries but you can raise your blood alcohol level by doing so.

This might mean you could raise it up over the legal limit for driving.  A level of .08 percent of blood alcohol concentration means you can’t legally drive.

Research shows that those who eat a liquor infused dessert can have a BAC level of .02 percent. That means if you pair the liquor infused dessert with a vodka pasta or steak flambéed with sherry, you could end up with an even higher level.

A 2007 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that depending on the cooking method, anywhere from 4% to 49% of the original alcohol stayed in the dish.

According to the New York Office of Alcohol abuse and Substance Abuse Services, when it comes to dinner, guests should be aware of the alcohol you’re using in cooking. While we know it’s not used for drunkenness, it is still important to offer them a heads up. Those that are struggling with alcohol abuse or are recovering from it can taste the hint of the substance within their food. This might be the one thing that drives a craving or initiates a relapse.

Below, you'll find a list of various cook times and how the alcohol is affected, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Alcohol Burn-off Chart, According to the US Department of Agriculture

Various Cooking Methods With Alcohol:

  • Alcohol added to boiling liquid & removed from heat - 85%
  • Alcohol flamed - 75%
  • No heat, stored overnight - 70%
  • Baked, 25 minutes, alcohol not stirred into mixture - 45%

Baked or Simmered Dishes With Alcohol:

  • 15 minutes cooking time - 40%
  • 30 minutes cooking time - 35%
  • 1 hour cooking time - 25%
  • 5 hours cooking time - 20%
  • 2 hours cooking time - 10%
  • 5 hours cooking time - 5%

So remember, the next time you try that new Sangria Braised Short Rib recipe you saw in a magazine, consider who will be consuming it and whether or not they have a problem with alcohol. You just never know how much of the alcohol will cook out.

Do you, or someone you know, have a problem with alcohol? If so, it might be time to get help. You can trust a rehab facility like Legacy Freedom to help you get back on track.

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Those suffering from an addiction who need help, can contact Legacy Freedom to learn more about our options for drug and alcohol rehab in Greensboro NC. Our success rate is higher than traditional rehab facilities that require you to stay in-house until the program is complete. We know how hard it is to beat addiction. That’s why we’ve come up with a better, more successful program that will help.  Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom of Greensboro is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life.

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