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Analyzing the average alcohol metabolism rate

On Behalf of | May 29, 2018 | Drunk Driving

No one in Naples plans to end to his or her evening with a DUI arrest. How then, knowing that being apprehended for driving while drunk is always a possibility, do so many seem to do it? It is likely not due to any malicious intent, but rather to simply not understanding how long it may take for alcohol to work its way out of one’s system. Understanding the rate at which the body metabolizes alcohol may help one to better plan his or her activities so as to avoid even the potential of being arrested for DUI

The body’s alcohol metabolism rate can depend on a number of factors, such as: 

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Weight
  • Medication use
  • Drinking habits (e.g. binge drinking, drinking on an empty stomach

This makes it difficult to come up with an absolute value when determining how fast the body burns alcohol out of the system. However, research shared by the website has revealed that the average observed rate for most people is 20 milligrams per deciliter per hour. That is roughly the equivalent of a small shot of liquor. That context may allow some to get a basic idea of how long they may have to wait before driving without facing any legal or criminal penalties. 

One might also be able to estimate where his or her blood content is by whatever he or she is feeling. Per information compiled by the University of Notre Dame, one may experience reduced self-control as well as noticeable physical impairments when his or her BAC is between .06 and .099 percent. Impairments switch to reduced inhibitions and sensations of warmth with a BAC between .04 and .059, and only a pronounced feeling of relaxation with a BAC lower than that.