Alcohol within the body can either move quickly or slowly, depending on a few factors. Perhaps you had a drink while you are out, and you want to know if you will be okay to drive home. Or maybe you had too many drinks, and you want to know you will be fine for work tomorrow. No matter what side effects you might be experiencing, your body processes alcohol in a certain way. So while you might feel fine, or even very drunk, your BAC is the only true tell of how drunk you really are.
How your Body Processes Alcohol: Understanding your BAC
Despite the fact that everyone becomes ‘drunk’ at different times, every single body processes alcohol at the same rate. That process takes place in your body’s liver, which does around 90% of the work. Within the liver, the body breaks down toxic substances contained in alcohol. This detox allows your liver to get rid of harmful chemicals and simply them down. Once at this point, they can pass them through the body by normal bodily functions.
While the liver does most of the work, it can take a significant amount of time to do it. The time it takes mostly depends on how much alcohol you drink. But no matter how you much you drink, your liver can only process one ounce per hour. In most standard drinks, they contain about one ounce of alcohol. Therefore, if you stick to having one drink per hour, your liver will be able to keep up.
However, if you have more than an ounce of alcohol per hour, your liver will not be able to keep up. As you continue to drink, the alcohol becomes backed up in your system. This causes the alcohol to remain throughout your body and blood alcohol content levels to rise.
How Can You Speed It Up
Despite popular belief, there is not much you can do to speed up the process of metabolizing alcohol. Many people rely on drinking black coffee and water, or eating greasy food. In fact, they may use these methods before deciding to drive home. But in reality, the alcohol still remains in their system even if these methods relieve some symptoms. So, it’s important to listen to your body. Just because you feel sober, doesn’t mean you are. So, if it’s ever iffy— take an Uber. I guarantee it will be much cheaper than a DWI...