There are only so many basic superpowers—strength, speed, flight, invisibility—that we tend to resonate with, and so over the years countless secondary powers have been crafted to serve as explanations for those primary powers. For example, The Flash “phases” through a wall by “vibrating his atoms.” (Not really.) Cyclops’ eye blasts are powered by an overly energetic extra dimension that bursts forth from portals in his eyes. (Uh, sure?) One very common secondary power is an “enhanced metabolism,” the reason why Wolverine doesn’t get sick or why it’s “impossible” for Captain American to get drunk. But does that make sense?
Oh, Captain America could get drunk, and if he decided to, he’d be bringing the party to you.
In my latest Because Science, I’m using our own methods for determining drunkeness and a bit of information from the MCU to find out how much Captain America would have to drink to get drunk. Usually for these sorts of questions, I have to make a ton of assumptions and then guess at some decent explanation. But not with #CapChug. We know how to calculate blood alcohol content, we know Steve Rogers’ weight, and we even know how his metabolism compares to the average person’s.
So how much can he drink? Let me put it this way: His stomach would explode before he got a good buzz from chugging beer.
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