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How to Calculate Your Blood Alcohol Level

Updated on December 27, 2012

Always Drink Responsibly

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Entertaining, celebrations and special events has always been a part of our culture. Its ok to have a little have fun every now and then, but be aware that drinking has always been apart of these festivities.

Understanding The Blood Alcohol Count

The blood alcohol count is a measure of the ratio of alcohol in your blood, therefore a blood alcohol count of .10 means one part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood. The police use a breathalyzer to get this count. Do the math before your leave home so you can figure out when safe to drive, know your limits and pace your drinks accordingly.

Legally in all states you should not be driving a vehicle with a .08 percent blood alcohol count. But some states differ.

Choose Your Drinks

Knowing the alcohol content of your drink will determine your blood alcohol count.

Whether you’re going out alone or you have a designating driver you need to determine your alcohol consumption to play it safe. Find out what determines a standard drink.

Depending on the type of beer, it is usually 4% to 6% alcohol. Some beers are stronger like the import craft beers. They can run anywhere from 8% to 12% alcohol and more. When drinking hard liquor your blood alcohol count will rise quickly in place of beer or wine. Your best bet is to check the labels if necessary.

Some people don’t take much to become legally drunk. It also depends on the gender and the weight of an individual to calculate the blood alcohol level because the alcohol absorbs differently by men and women. Men bodies handle alcohol better than woman due to the weight difference. Also body fat percentage plays a role in the equation.

Eating can also affect your outcome. If you fail to eat, most likely you will fail a blood alcohol test because you want have anything on your stomach to absorb the alcohol leaving you open to a higher blood alcohol count.

Keep in mind that drinking water or coffee does not dilute the blood when legally drunk, it only flushes alcohol from the stomach into the intestine in which it enters the blood faster.


It’s important to learn to pace your drinks and focus more on enjoying your time among friends, especially around the holidays.

Drinking responsibly and knowing your limit not only protect you, but will save other lives. Learn to enjoy drinking less while socializing more.


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    • catmalone profile image

      catmalone 4 years ago

      Thanks Rajan jolly for your comment. Yes drinking responsibly can save lives. Im glad you find this hub useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very useful hub. I like your suggestion of drinking responsibly and knowing one's limit. If adhered to, it can prevent a lot of problems and unpleasantness in life.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I didn't know those facts about beer. Also, a lot of people are going to be shocked (as I was) to read that drinking liquids do not flush the alcohol out of the blood stream. Although it makes sense, people are still going to think about all the times they drank huge amounts of coffee to "sober" up. Thanks for your interesting report.