27 Oct Bust a Myth 5: Drinking One Drink an Hour Keeps You Sober Enough to Drive
One of many common drinking myths is that drinking one drink per hour is enough to keep you under the limit and potential sober enough to drive. This myth is commonly believed by the fact that a person’s body processes alcohol at nearly one drink per hour, as if one hour is all it will take for our bodies to be completely free of alcohol, no longer impair and the toxins that come with it.
However, this is not entirely true. The time it takes for our body to process a drink depends on two critical factors:
How much we drink and how quickly we consume it at a time,- health standards and drinking guidelines talk about “standard measure” or a “standard drinks”, we all need to understand that most drinks are not a single standard size.
Beer as a standard is a pot 285ml, at 4.8%, A glass of white wine is 100mls at 11.5% for red its the same but can be at 13% alcohol; Spirits is 30ml, 1 nip, 40%. How many of us check the bottle for the percentage of alcohol beforehand. Most pubs, clubs and restaurants will serve at least 120 to 150 ml for a glass of wine, a schooner or a pint is a standard serving everywhere, and nips seem to flow over the measuring glass.
and How quickly we consume it ,- health standards and drinking guidelines talk about “standard measure” or a “standard drink”, we all need to understand that most drinks are not a single standard size. A beer as a standard is a pot 285ml, at 4.8%, A glass of white wine is 100mls at 11.5% for red its the same but can be at 13% alcohol, Spirits is 30ml, 1 nip, 40%. How many of use check the bottle for the percentage of alcohol before hand. Most pubs, clubs and restaurants will serve at least 120 to 150 ml for a glass of wine, a schooner or a pint is a standard serving everywhere, and nips seem to flow over the measuring glass. how fast it takes for your own body to process alcohol.
The only way to prove that this myth is with science, we love science, simple tools are available that, would allow to put your lab coat on and experiment, find the truth if all people metabolise alcohol the same way.
So the average person’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) should increase by .015% per standard drink consumed, which is considered approximately 10 grams of alcohol. Once we stop drink, it is assumed that the BAC will start to decrease by .015% each hour that the body metabolises the alcohol through the liver. Just not true for all people as some will metabolise faster and most of us will metabolise alcohol slower.
The average rate of metabolism for alcohol consumption is 100 milligrams per kilogram of a person’s weight per hour. For example, a man that weighs 160 pounds, or 73 kilograms, would process about 7 grams an hour. By comparison, a bottle of beer is 14 grams per alcohol, so when you do the math, drinking a bottle of beer would take a person of this weight 2 hours to process it. This proves that the “one drink per hour” rule is nothing short of wishful thinking!
The more you drink, the more impaired you get. So simple approach for all don’t drink and drink ever regardless of how many drinks you have had.
So our two factors, how much and how quickly , are directly related to how the level that alcohol impairs your decision making, symptoms become amplified, and they carry over and also have a direct impact on the severity of how you wake up in the morning. When you still feel the effects of alcohol the next morning whether that is “I am okay, just a little tired” or “I am dying someone kill me” you are experiencing the natural effects of the liver trying to get rid of alcohol, known as a hangover, this is because your body has been working hard to remove toxins, what many people don’t know is that the liver metabolites alcohol good, but if we drink to much the livers natural process is the thing that makes you feel awful the next day. If you want to drink to have fun at night, and avoid a hangover in the morning, what can you do?
We all know the first way to avoid a hangover,don’t drink or consume less, but this doesn’t always happen.
There is another effective way to protect yourself and prevent the nasty feeling we associate with hangover, and that is with Alcovit. Alcovit is a phenomenal drink with an energetic lime taste, that is designed to detox assist your body to reduce the toxins that cause a hangover, and more importantly its reducing the stress on your liver, and other parts of the body that are affected by these toxins. Alcovit comes with 12 effective vitamins, minerals, herbs, and antioxidants to ensure that you wake up in the morning with no or significantly reduced hangover symptoms.
Alcovit should be your last drink substituted as your last drink of the night. Alternatively, you can enjoy non-alcoholic beverages in place of your typical beer, wine, vodka or other drink.