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Alcohol Awareness Month

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Making smart decisions while drinking

Alcohol Awareness Month

It’s no secret that we love alcohol. We founded a company based on it. While we love drinking, creating new cocktails, and taking the edge off with a quick shot of ‘shine, we know what a healthy relationship with alcohol is. During Alcohol Awareness Month, we want to share a few tips to ensure you appreciate alcohol in a healthy way. 


While alcohol can make you feel better and more relaxed, it’s essential to ensure you can limit yourself and not overindulge. Let’s take a look at the standard pour for every type of alcohol to see where we should start:

  • 1.5 oz of 80-proof liquor 
  • 12 oz of beer
  • 5 oz of wine 


Each person has a different limit of what they can and should consume on a daily, weekly, or social basis, and it’s up to you to determine what that is and stick to it. It’s ok to have an extra drink at a party, but you should be able to control yourself and not drink every day. Let’s look at our three biggest tips to ensure that you have a healthy (and fun!) relationship with alcohol.


Don’t drink and drive.

This is the biggest one. We all know that the driving limit is 0.08, which can mean something different for everyone. For a 90-pound woman, this could be one glass of wine; for a 300-pound man, this could be four or five beers. It’s up to you to determine your limits and never get behind the wheel when you’re nearing that point. In 2022, you can quickly call a cab, Uber, or Lyft when you need it. If you head out with friends, ensure that someone is your DD (designated driver). Remember that there is never an excuse or reason to drink and drive. 

Drink water.

After every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water. Drinking water will prolong the time between alcoholic beverages, and it will keep you hydrated, decreasing the chances of a hangover the next day. We also recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day on days you know you’ll consume alcohol in the evening. This creates a better hydration baseline before you begin drinking.  

Eat food.

This one is huge. When you eat on an empty stomach, the alcohol goes directly from your stomach to your small intestine and into your bloodstream, causing you to feel the effects quickly. When you eat before drinking, the food in your stomach absorbs much of the alcohol content, preventing alcohol from hitting your bloodstream as fast minimizing the effects of alcohol.  


While we love making a nice cocktail to help take the edge off, we ask that all customers drink responsibly. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be off to a great start. If you’re looking for the best beverages to drink responsibly, stop by our East Tennessee location for the best liquors and moonshines. 

If you or someone you know may be suffering from alcoholism or alcohol dependency, know that resources are available to help, such as AA.

Kent Merritt

Gatlinburg native Kent Merrit oversees the behind-the-scenes operations at Old Tennessee Distilling Company. He has over 35 years of manufacturing and business management experience and is passionate about developing and promoting businesses with exceptional products and excellent customer service. He invites you to pop in at Old Tennessee Distilling Co. for a free tasting of moonshine and distilled spirits. "Take a moment, take a sip, and get a taste for Tennessee."

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