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How to figure out if you’re over the limit It is well known that DUI’s are expensive and in some cases can limit you in your career choices. Because we, the Student Media, care about you; we wrote a guide to drinking responsibly. Now, in order to figure out if you’re over the legal limit you have to ask yourself a few questions… 1st Question – Are you male or female?
Yes it is true; if you are a female you will get drunk quicker. Unlike what most people believe, the reason women can’t hold their booze as much is because they hold less water in their bodies than men. What this means for Women’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is that it will be higher because women end up with a higher concentration of alcohol due to less water in the stream to dilute it. 2nd Question – How much do you weigh?
If you weigh less, your BAC will be higher. This is because those who weigh less will have less blood in their bodies to dilute the alcohol. 3rd Question – Are you fat?
Because body-fat doesn’t absorb alcohol, people who are fatter than other will have a higher BAC. This is also true because the fat slows down the process and keeps the alcohol in the bloodstream longer while it is waiting to be processed. 4th Question – How long have you been drinking?
If you can’t remember this question odds are you probably shouldn’t drive. Good thing your liver will help you get rid of some of those beers. Most people’s liver will remove one drink per hour for them. For example, if you drink one drink an hour you won’t have any alcohol in your system. Another good example, if you have been drinking for 5 hours and have had 8 drinks you’ll have 3 drinks in your system. Which leads into the next important question... 5th Question – How much have you had to drink?br> This is the question every police officer will ask you. To know this answer you must know what it is you are drinking. To understand this, first know that a “drink” is considered an approximate measurement and doesn’t literally equal a drink.
12 oz. Beer (5% abv*) = 5oz. Wine (12% abv*) = 1.5oz. Liquor (40% abv* or 80 proof**) = 1 “Drink”
(*= Alcohol By Volume / **= proof is double the abv of a drink) With this being said, it is very important to know how potent something is before you drink it. An example, if you take a shot of “Everclear” (which is usually about 80% abv* or 160 proof) you’ll have had about two “drinks”; not one. Another example, if you’ve had two expensive 12-ounce, 10% abv* bottles of beer you’ve just had four “drinks”. One more example to consider, in a premium chocolate martini there’s about 1.5 ounces of good vodka (40% abv*) & 1 ounce of Godiva Liqueur (17% abv*) and you had 3 of them. You may have had only three martinis, but in reality you just had more than four “drinks”. If you don’t know what is in your drink; ask. If it’s a mixed drink ask how much of each is in there. And if they can’t tell you odds are they are a bad bartender and you shouldn’t drink it. This will all help you remember how many “drinks” your favorite beverage actually contains. Final question – What is my BAC?
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to thinking about how drunk you are really. Use the chart below to help you figure it out BAC of Males after one hour of drinking
BAC of Females after one hour of drinking