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Alcohol Intoxication Levels

July 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Keep in mind that the alcohol content of different types of beer, wine, and distilled spirits can vary quite substantially. Also, keep in mind that people react differently to alcohol depending on age, body weight and past use of alcohol.

Today is July 4th, Independence Day, a major holiday in the United States and a day of parties and celebration. Make sure you don’t drive soon after drinking!

The blood alcohol considered by most states as “Driving While Intoxicated” or “Driving Under The Influence” (DUI), is usually between .08 and 1.0 (80 – 100 mg/100ml).

What is a drink?

A standard drink is:

– One 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler

– One 5-ounce glass of wine

– 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

Levels of Intoxication

1 – 3 drinks within 1 hour (blood alcohol content reaches up to 1.0)

Symptoms:

* decrease in anxiety and stress
* lowering of inhibitions
* pleasure/mild euphoria
* increased sociability

3 – 6 drinks within 1 hour (blood alcohol content reaches between 1.0 and 3.0)

Symptoms:

* dizziness
* loss of coordination
* poor memory
* difficulty standing or staying awake
* nausea and vomiting
* slurred speech

6- 12 drinks within 1 hour (blood alcohol content over 3.0)

Symptoms:

* hypothermia or hyperthermia (body temperature that is too low or too high)
* unresponsiveness with no movement
* shallow breathing
* can lead to death

Alcohol overdose is a serious matter. Make sure you do not get involved in binge drinking games. The risk is even greater when alcohol is combined with other drugs such as Valium.

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