home
RSS
What's in a blood alcohol level?
October 26th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

What's in a blood alcohol level?

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended the legal limit for driving drunk be lowered from .08 blood-alcohol content to .05 in an effort to reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, which kill about 10,000 people a year.

Your blood-alcohol level can vary depending on your age, weight, previous alcohol and drug experience and the type of alcohol being consumed.

"You can drink alcohol faster than you can remove it from your body and that's when your blood-alcohol level goes up," says Robert Pandina, Ph.D., and the director of the Center for Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it takes the body roughly one hour to metabolize a single drink but the definition of what constitutes a drink changes depending on the alcohol. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

"If you keep drinking alcohol, it's not going to get metabolized any faster just because you've consumed more of it," explains Pandina. "Metabolism happens at a fixed rate until all the alcohol is processed."

Pandina calculates that a woman weighing approximately 110 pounds would have to drink between 12 and 13 ounces of 80-proof liquor in an hour to reach a blood-alcohol level of 0.40.

"It's still a lot but it's far less than people may imagine," says Pandina.

A person may need medical attention with a blood-alcohol level under 0.2. Vital functions may start to shut down before someone reaches 0.25. Death is possible with a blood-alcohol level of 0.3. And that's without prior liver damage from previous alcohol or drug use. A person with a damaged liver is at higher risk for catastrophic or fatal alcohol poisoning because his or her  liver cannot effectively metabolize the alcohol.

"The message is very simply when you know someone has been drinking and drinking heavily, don't wait," says Pandina. "It's quite possible to revive individuals even at very high alcohol levels and keep them from having catastrophic effects."


soundoff (1,600 Responses)
  1. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Baker, Denver, CO

    This blog is great check it out

    https://lifestyle.southernsportstoday.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Platt Park, Denver, CO

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://lifestyle.680thefan.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – phd online thesis writing practice thesis statistics who to write a thesis

    March 22, 2021 at 15:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. JvqqEncox

    https://dissertationahelp.com/ – dissertation coaching services dissertation writing advice best dissertation editing services dissertation statistics

    March 23, 2021 at 06:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. KbdnMile

    https://papersonlinebox.com/ – buy custom papers pay someone to write a paper for me professional college paper writers pay someone to write paper

    March 23, 2021 at 20:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. BrfgMile

    https://ljcialishe.com/ – viagra vs cialis vs levitra https://cialisvja.com/ – no prescription cialis https://viagraonlinejc.com/ – viagra prescription online https://viagratx.com/ – cost of viagra https://buycialisxz.com/ – cialis interactions

    March 24, 2021 at 21:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Window Washing Service University Hills, Denver, CO

    Thanks for the information.

    https://lifestyle.xtra1063.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 00:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Window Washing Service Park Hill, Denver, CO

    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.

    https://lifestyle.rewind1019.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 01:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Montclair, Denver, CO

    such a great information for blogger i am a professional blogger thanks

    https://lifestyle.us983.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 01:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Park Hill, Denver, CO

    carry on, dont stop

    https://lifestyle.countrylegends1059.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 01:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Window Cleaning Service Belcaro, Denver, CO

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    https://lifestyle.967wshv.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Civic Center, Denver, CO

    Thank You for your information

    https://lifestyle.1045thedan.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 02:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Window Cleaning Service Park Hill, Denver, CO

    I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.

    https://www.wrde.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 02:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – research thesis phd thesis writing help phd thesis writing help thesis formatting

    March 25, 2021 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. GrvCrulk

    https://kloviagrli.com/ – viagra without ed https://vigedon.com/ – viagra melanoma https://llecialisjaw.com/ – cialis reviews https://jwcialislrt.com/ – how quickly does cialis work https://jecialisbn.com/ – does cialis keep you hard after coming

    March 25, 2021 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Cheesman Park, Denver, CO

    thanks for sharing!

    https://www.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Montclair, Denver, CO

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    https://metro.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 23:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Window Cleaning Service University Hills, Denver, CO

    A great read. I'll definitely be back.

    https://midplains.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 26, 2021 at 00:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Window Washing Service Five Points, Denver, CO

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    https://northeast.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 26, 2021 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. best restaurant Orlando

    Really very happy to say,your post is very interesting to read.I never stop myself to say something about it.You're doing a great job.Keep it up

    https://italianrestaurantorlando.blogspot.com/2021/03/why-are-italian-restaurants-so-popular.html

    March 26, 2021 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. LmoppEncox

    http://essaywriteris.com/ – buy an essay cheap do my essay for me cheap us essay writers essay writers for pay

    March 26, 2021 at 05:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. best restaurant Orlando

    Really very happy to say,your post is very interesting to read.I never stop myself to say something about it.You're doing a great job.Keep it up

    https://christinisristorantefl.tumblr.com/post/646552041051865088/an-italian-restaurant-for-a-romantic-date

    March 26, 2021 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. removing tree roots Garfield Phoenix, AZ

    A great read. I'll definitely be back.

    https://beavertreeservices.tumblr.com/post/645924617753673728/tree-trimming-is-not-for-everyone

    March 26, 2021 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. cheap tree removal North Colony Phoenix, AZ

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/115640721/Hiring-Tree-Trimming-Services-For-Your-Lawn

    March 26, 2021 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. tree removal costs North Valley View Phoenix, AZ

    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.

    https://www.scoop.it/topic/why-would-you-need-tree-removal-services

    March 26, 2021 at 11:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. cost of tree removal Southern Gardens Phoenix, AZ

    Impressive! Thanks for the post

    https://diigo.com/0k01yr

    March 27, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. tree removal costs Warehouse District Phoenix, AZ

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://beavertreeservices720592705.wordpress.com/2021/03/24/advantages-derived-from-tree-removal-services/

    March 27, 2021 at 00:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. dead tree removal Phoenix

    Thank you, I've just been looking for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I have discovered so far. But, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the supply?

    https://beavertreeservices.blogspot.com/2021/03/benefits-of-hiring-tree-removal-service.html

    March 27, 2021 at 00:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. cost of tree removal Southern Gardens Phoenix, AZ

    Impressive! Thanks for the post

    https://beavertreeservices.tumblr.com/post/646541890631712768/tree-removal-how-to-remove-a-stump

    March 27, 2021 at 01:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. tree stump removal Roosevelt Phoenix, AZ

    Wow this blog is very nice!

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/116097987/Top-Tree-Trimming-Services-For-Your-Home

    March 27, 2021 at 01:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Tree Root Removal Foothills North Phoenix, AZ

    carry on, dont stop

    https://diigo.com/0k2akk

    March 27, 2021 at 02:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. cheap auto body repair

    Great article. Couldn't be write much better! Keep it up!

    https://autobodyrepairraleigh.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/taking-your-vehicle-to-an-auto-body-repair-specialist/

    March 27, 2021 at 02:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. auto body repair Raleigh

    I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.

    https://autobodyrepairraleigh.tumblr.com/post/646009480132329472/all-you-need-to-know-about-quality-auto-body

    March 27, 2021 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. mobile auto body repair near Raleigh

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/115710583/Tips-for-Finding-a-Collision-Repair-Service

    March 27, 2021 at 05:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. auto body repair panels

    this is very informative and intersting for those who are interested in blogging field.

    https://www.scoop.it/topic/why-it-is-important-to-ensure-proper-collision-repair-estimates

    March 27, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me West Colfax, Denver, CO

    Fairly high-quality explanation. continue the good work

    https://diigo.com/0k1x3u

    March 27, 2021 at 06:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Window Washing Service Villa Park, Denver, CO

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    http://www.nebraskanewsdesk.com/news/story/236464/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business.html

    March 28, 2021 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Window Cleaning Service Curtis Park, Denver, CO

    Great article. Couldn't be write much better! Keep it up!

    https://www.merchantcircle.com/signature-window-washing2-denver-co

    March 28, 2021 at 01:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Window Washing Service Highland, Denver, CO

    Thank you, I've just been looking for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I have discovered so far. But, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the supply?

    https://google.ca/url?q=https://goo.gl/maps/hwAqB4KE4ybHPmDK9

    March 28, 2021 at 06:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Window Cleaning Service Berkeley, Denver, CO

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    https://google.by/url?q=https://goo.gl/maps/bDKYVuKajtBKA72h9

    March 28, 2021 at 07:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Villa Park, Denver, CO

    I really like this post

    http://google.sh/url?q=https://posts.gle/FaTsydGwPrG8sewb9

    March 28, 2021 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – how to write a phd thesis writing a thesis thesis proposal help thesis express

    March 30, 2021 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – thesisacloud.com help writing a thesis statement thesisacloud.com thesis binding service

    April 7, 2021 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. best restaurant Orlando

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    https://www.christinis.com/

    April 7, 2021 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. orlando italian restaurants

    Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up.

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.blogofoto.com/29952728/italian-restaurants-perfect-for-sunday-meals

    April 7, 2021 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. best Italian Orlando

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.jiliblog.com/57564771/myths-about-italian-restaurants

    April 8, 2021 at 06:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. best restaurant Orlando

    Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up.

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.diowebhost.com/53585008/five-must-try-dishes-at-your-local-italian-restaurant

    April 8, 2021 at 06:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. best independent Italian spot

    Keep this going please, great job!

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.arwebo.com/22867494/a-guide-to-extraordinary-italian-restaurants

    April 8, 2021 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. best italian restaurants in orlando

    thanks for sharing!

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.blog2learn.com/46382743/healthy-eating-options-available-at-italian-restaurants

    April 8, 2021 at 08:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. best independent Italian spot

    Impressive! Thanks for the post

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.blogzag.com/43803718/italian-restaurant-good-service-matters

    April 8, 2021 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

Leave a Reply to RV Windows Los Angeles


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.