Drinking alcohol is a part of life for many people.
From happy hour with co-workers to tailgating with buddies, alcohol is around. Here are some basic facts about alcohol.
Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol, which is one of many types of alcohol. Ethanol is known to have a depressant effect. Because of this, it is regulated and restricted across the United States.
As most people know, it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. Minors under the legal limit are subject to losing their license and fines if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol. This is known as Zero tolerance law.
A 1.5-ounce shot of hard liquor, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and a 12-ounce bottle of beer all contain the same amount of alcohol. Most people metabolize one alcoholic drink (or .016% of their blood alcohol level) per hour. If you would like to learn more about this topic, contact trained DUI lawyers.
There are many factors that determine how alcohol will affect an individual. These include:
- Weight. The more you weigh, the less alcohol will affect you.
- Eating. If you have eaten before you drink alcohol, the food will slow absorption into the bloodstream.
- Gender. Women are affected by alcohol more quickly than men.
- Percentage of Body Fat. Fat does not absorb alcohol. Therefore someone who is in shape can drink more than someone who is carrying excess body fat.
- Drug Use. Some drugs may speed up the effects of alcohol.
How fast you drink alcohol also plays a part in how alcohol will affect you. Drinking several drinks in an hour will raise your blood alcohol content.
There are many myths about how to become sober quickly. These may include taking a cold shower, drinking coffee and making yourself vomit. However, this is not true. The only thing that will help you to become sober is time.
Knowing how to drink safely is crucial. But sometimes not drinking at all is important.
Women who are pregnant, people taking medications, people who plan on driving, and people who are addicted to alcohol should all refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
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