Monday, December 30, 2013

Because We Care



I've been in Arizona for a few days and every few miles on the overhead lighted highway signs were these messages...
  • Drive sober or get pulled over, Drive Hammered…Get Nailed, Get a DD… not a DUI, Know Your Limit... Don’t Drink and Drive
The last slogan, Know Your Limit, made me think of a blog I wrote in 2011.

I realized then after some research detailed below that I didn't know the facts. I always told myself my limit was "2 drinks". My one beer consumed within an hour, considering my weight had me at a blood alcohol level of .08 which is the legal limit for drunk driving.

This is worth the read. Kathy

So some basic facts...
  • Your body processes alcohol at a constant rate of .5 oz. per hour, regardless of how many ounces you consume.
  • Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) is the amount of alcohol present in your blood as you drink
  • In all 50 states, the legal limit for drunk driving is a BAL level of .08.
  • Eating protein and fatty foods supposedly can slow down alcohol absorption but I couldn’t find any detailed, statistical supporting facts
  • A 120-pound woman can reach a .08 BAC level after only two drinks and a 180-pound man can be at .08 after only four drinks

What got my attention!

One drink is defined as having one-half ounce of pure ethyl alcohol; each of the following is considered "one drink."
 
  • 10 oz to 12 oz of beer at 4% to 5% alcohol, or
  • 8 oz to 12 oz of wine cooler at 4% to 6% alcohol, or
  • 4 oz to 5 oz of table wine at 9% to 12% alcohol, or
  • 2.5 oz of fortified wine at 20% alcohol, or
  • 1.25 oz of 80 proof distilled spirits at 40%alcohol, or
  • 1 oz of 100 proof distilled spirits at 50% alcohol.

As I type this blog, I’m drinking one of my favorite beers… One 12 oz Stout at 9% alcohol. (This would be 2 drinks)

Wines today, especially reds, weigh in on the average of 13-14+% alcohol, and the average glass pour is not 4-5 ounces.

One martini is equal to two drinks, one margarita equal to 1.5 drinks

The messages are still Drink Responsibly, Don’t Drink & Drive and Alcohol – Know your Limit

Know Your Limit, though, has a much broader message. It’s as important but in a different way than “don’t drink and drive”.  We all know that when we drink, we’re a bit freerer in mind.

So, my friends…

Because we care,

The Working Girls of Olympic Cellars


PS…. The tables below will help you estimate your Blood Alcohol Level

If you're a WOMAN, your Blood Alcohol Level is:
Weight
# of drinks
in 1 hour
100 lbs.
120 lbs.
140 lbs.
160 lbs.
180 lbs.
200 lbs.
220 lbs.
240 lbs.
1
.05
.04
.04
.03
.03
.03
.02
.02
2
.10
.08
.07
.06
.06
.05
.05
.04
3
.15
.13
.11
.10
.08
.08
.07
.06
4
.20
.17
.15
.13
.11
.10
.09
.09
5
.25
.21
.18
.16
.14
.13
.12
.11
6
.30
.26
.22
.19
.17
.15
.14
.13
7
.36
.30
.26
.22
.20
.18
.16
.15
8
.41
.33
.29
.26
.23
.20
.19
.17
9
.46
.38
.33
.29
.26
.23
.21
.19
10
.51
.42
.36
.32
.28
.25
.23
.21
11
.56
.46
.40
.35
.31
.27
.25
.23
12
.61
.50
.43
.37
.33
.30
.28
.25
13
.66
.55
47
.40
.36
.32
.30
.27
14
.71
.59
.51
.43
.39
.35
.32
.29
If you're a MAN, your Blood Alcohol Level is:
Weight
# of drinks
in 1 hour
100 lbs.
120 lbs.
140 lbs.
160 lbs.
180 lbs.
200 lbs.
220 lbs.
240 lbs.
1
.04
.04
.03
.03
.02
.02
.02
.02
2
.09
.07
.06
.05
.05
.04
.04
.04
4
.17
.15
.13
.11
.10
.09
.08
.07
5
.22
.18
.16
.14
.12
.11
.10
.09
6
.26
.22
.19
.16
.15
.13
.12
.11
7
.30
.25
.22
.19
.17
.15
.14
.13
8
.35
.29
.25
.22
.19
.17
.16
.14
9
.37
.32
.26
.24
.20
.19
.17
.15
10
.39
.35
.28
.25
.22
.20
.18
.16
11
.48
.40
.34
.30
.26
.24
.22
.20
12
.53
.43
.37
.32
.29
.26
.24
.21
13
.57
.47
.40
.35
.31
.29
.26
.23
14
.62
.50
.43
.37
.34
.31
.28
.25

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