EXAMINING HOW MEN’S BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT VARIES BY WEIGHT
- January 11, 2019
Used for legal or medical purposes, a blood-alcohol content (BAC) measurement can determine a person’s level of intoxication, but did you know that this process varies by gender and average body weight? While we are all familiar with the differences between how men and women process alcohol, but researchers have speculated that female tend to suffer from notoriously high BAC levels in contrast to their male counterparts (perhaps due to the simple fact that males process this substance better). In fact, the time it takes for the body to process this substance (for both genders) does not always take a single hour. For now, however, let’s examine how men’s blood alcohol content varies by weight.
Measuring BAC in Men
As indicated previously, women tend to exhibit higher BAC than men, even those of the exact same age and weight. Likewise, men can process booze much easier because their bodies contain high levels of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) in their stomachs and livers. With the aid of this chemical, men can metabolize and break down alcoholic substances better than women (simply put). Despite this benefit, however, men still cannot process this drug in one hour. (It takes much longer, in reality.)
BAC Based on Weight
As an example of how men are affected (based on weight), let’s take a closer look at the BAC readings for men after the consumption of 1 to 3 standard drinks. (Keep in mind that each standard drink can produce a BAC of 0.02 to 0.04). Here is a closer look:
- One Standard Drink: A 100-pound man will retain a BAC level of 0.04 after consuming one standard drink (0.02 BAC over the course of consuming the drink in 1 hour). Meanwhile, a 150-pound man will retain a BAC of 0.03 after a single drink (0.01 BAC over 1 hour).
- Two Standard Drinks: The same 100-pound man will retain a BAC of 0.08 after consuming two standard drinks (0.06 BAC over the course of consuming the drink in 1 hour). Meanwhile, the 150-pound man will retain a BAC of 0.06 (0.04 BAC over 1 hour).
- Three Standard Drinks: At this point, the 100-pound man will retain a BAC of 0.11 (well beyond the legal limit) after consuming three standard drinks (0.08 BAC over the course of consuming the drink in 1 hour). On the other h and, a 150-pound man will retain a BAC of 0.08 (0.06 BAC over the course of 1 hour).
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