Understanding the Alcohol Breakdown

Many people struggle with understanding just how much alcohol is in their drinks, how it affects their body, or how much alcohol they can drink and still drive. The breakdown of alcohol in alcoholic beverages can be very confusing, especially when you are not sure if you’ve had too much to drink or not. While we always encourage you to err on the side of caution, there are ways for you to determine how much alcohol will typically be in your favorite alcoholic beverages, which is considered the alcohol breakdown.

It is important to understand that one unit of alcohol is 10ml, or 8g of pure alcohol. Once you understand this unit, then you can determine how many units are in any alcoholic beverage. For example, a large glass of wine contains three units of alcohol while a single small shot of spirits only contains one unit. If you have an alcohol concentration of .08 or more, you are considered legally intoxicated.

Once you understand how many units are in each alcoholic beverage, you can then proceed to learn how long it takes your body to break down a single unit of alcohol, which is typically around one hour. You should understand however, that the breakdown of alcohol isn’t the same for everyone since several factors contribute to the time it takes to breakdown alcohol, such as gender, weight and height, whether you’ve had anything to eat, etc.

Remember that it takes a long time for your body to break down units of alcohol and that the typical mythical methods of showering or drinking coffee cannot help you break down alcohol any faster. Unfortunately, these methods are often thought of as “cures” when in reality they cannot do more than make you feel more awake, not more sober. Truthfully, there is no safe calculation of your alcohol intake and you should always err on the side of caution by calling a taxi or getting a sober friend to drive you home.

The consumption of alcohol is a pleasurable pastime that has been around since humans first learned how to ferment food. It is difficult to determine exactly how much alcohol is in every drink, which is why understanding what a unit is and how many are in your alcoholic beverages can help you to keep track of how much you’ve drunk. This can help you regulate your intake, and thus help you understand a rough timeline of how long your intoxication will last. Always remember to enjoy alcohol responsible and play it safe if you’re ever unsure of whether you can drive or not! If you do get a DWI, you should be able to rely on experienced, professional lawyers like us, so contact us today.