Why Is Fireball Whisky Bad for You? Health Insights (2023)

Last Updated on September 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

We’ve tried our fair share of alcoholic drinks and must admit that Fireball Whisky stands out. It’s famous for being a spicy, cinnamon-flavored drink that frequents college frat parties and night gatherings.

But there’s a catch – Fireball Whisky shots are not all fun and games. This article will examine why Fireball Whisky is bad for you. We’ll use personal experiences and scientific facts to explain why.

Why Is Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Bad For You?

Bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Fireball Whisky may be potentially bad for you because of the simple fact that it’s an alcoholic beverage. According to scientific data, drinking large quantities of alcohol can take a toll on your body. It could cause cancer, lung infections, liver problems, and diabetes.

Secondly, Fireball is made with cinnamon flavoring. This type of flavoring usually contains cinnamaldehyde, which can trigger potential allergic reactions in some individuals. [1]

“Fireball whisky is with us during life’s spicy moments!” – Liquor Laboratory

Lastly, Fireball Canadian Whisky was recalled in Europe, specifically in Finland, Norway, and Sweden, in 2014 for containing an ingredient commonly found in antifreeze: propylene glycol.

This is sometimes used as a replacement for ethylene glycol. We’ll talk more about that below.

What’s The Questionable Ingredient of Fireball Whisky?

The questionable ingredient in Fireball Canadian Whisky was propylene glycol, commonly found in antifreeze. This compound is known for enhancing flavor by absorbing water.

The CDC generally recognized it as safe, as it’s used in various products in the United States. However, the levels found in the recalled batch of Fireball did not meet the standards of the European Union.

Fortunately, Fireball removed all antifreeze components to meet the standards of other European countries.

But is Fireball gluten-free?

Case Analysis: Possible Effects Of Propylene Glycol

Person Holding Bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

High Metabolic Acidosis

Since propylene glycol is primarily metabolized in the liver, its toxicity can lead to lactic acidosis, renal failure, and even alcohol poisoning.

One instance involved a young man who, after consuming considerable amounts of cinnamon-flavored whisky (likely Fireball Cinnamon Whisky), experienced severe issues, including unresponsiveness, pinpoint pupils, frothy oral secretions, tongue biting, jaw clenching, and cool extremities.

A urine toxicology screen showed that his blood alcohol level was extremely high. The case highlighted the need to consider propylene glycol toxicity in patients with elevated blood alcohol levels.

High Osmolal Gap

While propylene glycol is generally considered safe, it can be toxic in high amounts.

Patients with significant liver or renal disease may be at increased risk of unexplained osmolal gaps, an indicator of unmeasured solute in the blood.

Why Was Fireball Whisky Banned?

Fireball Whisky was banned in Finland, Norway, and Sweden due to alarmingly high levels of propylene glycol. [2]

It is sometimes used as a safer alternative to ethylene glycol, a component commonly found in antifreeze (used in cars).

The twist in the tale is that the US Food and Drug Administration has said there was nothing wrong with propylene glycol and deemed it safe to be consumed.

This ingredient has a mildly sweet taste and is found not only in alcoholic beverages like whisky but also in various pharmaceuticals and a range of foods like soda, ice cream, icing, and Pop-Tarts.

Where Was It Banned?

Fireball was banned in Finland, Norway, and Sweden due to excessive levels of propylene glycol.

Did The US Ban Fireball Whisky?

Man Drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

No, Fireball Whisky was not banned in the United States.

Despite rumors and social media posts suggesting a recall and ban due to safety concerns, this information is incorrect.

“I think Fireball is the perfect testament… that fire can make life’s moments feel warmer.” – Anthony Bourdain

An official press release from the makers of Fireball confirmed that there was no recall in North America. People can continue to drink Fireball without worrying about any toxic ingredients.


How bad is Fireball whisky for you?

Like many alcoholic beverages, Fireball Whisky can have adverse health effects when consumed excessively. Some potential health risks associated with Fireball whisky include weight gain, liver damage, heart problems, cancer, and even fatal consequences like death.

But how many Fireball shots can get you drunk?

Is Fireball still banned in Europe?

No, Fireball Whisky is no longer banned in Europe. Fireball whisky faced a temporary ban in some European countries due to concerns about propylene glycol levels in the product, but Sazerac has already addressed this issue and removed all traces of this ingredient in their spirits.

In Summary

Like any other alcoholic beverage, Drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whisky in excess can be considered bad for you. It has adverse health effects, including alcohol-related issues, high sugar content, and even concerns about past ingredients like propylene glycol.

However, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, it’s safe to consume this ingredient. Despite its correlation with anti-freeze, it can be found in other food, like soda, ice cream, and icing, due to its inherently sweet flavor. Consuming it in small amounts is generally safe and won’t cause any health issues.

While consuming a Fireball shot may not pose significant risks for most individuals, drinking responsibly is important to minimize health concerns.

Drinking Fireball was a huge part of our bar-hopping years, and we have fond memories of this spirit. However, we now prefer drinking traditional whiskey because Fireball Whisky has less alcohol by volume at just 33 percent. A single shot of it is pretty weak, but it hurts like hell and burns like fire, which we don’t really like.



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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