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Alcohol Facts

  • Standard-Drink-Frisbee-FlyerOne standard drink equals 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine, or 1.5 oz. of 80 proof liquor
  • According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is defined as 4 drinks or more for women and 5 drinks or more for men in a two hour period
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) defines heavy drinking as engaging in binge drinking on 5 or more days in a 30 day time period
  • Moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks for men per day
  • Factors that impact Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC):
    • Weight
    • Chromosomal sex
    • Type of alcohol (percentage of Alcohol By Volume[ABV])
    • Rate of consumption
    • Time period in which it is consumed
  • Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant
  • Alcohol leaves the system through a process of oxidation at a rate of about .016%  from BAC/hour

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