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How much alcohol is too much to drive?

Posted by Frank Piscitelli | Jun 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

For many people, there is not a second thought to go to a family gathering or a get together with friends and drink a couple of beers and then drive home. Most people would not feel the effects of the beer and feel perfectly fine to drive home. The reality, though, is that Ohio's legal limit for alcohol is a BAC of .08 %. For the majority of people, that means just drinking one beer would put you over the limit.

To clear up any confusion, it helps to know the average amount you can drink without being over the legal BAC limit. Business Insider gives some insight into the drink limits that will keep you legal behind the wheel. The following limits compute one drink as being a 12-ounce beer with a 4.5% alcohol content, five ounces of wine with a 12% alcohol content or 1.5 ounces of liquor with a 40% alcohol content.

Because men and women process alcohol differently, there are different limits for each gender. For men weighing 200 pounds, the limit is one drink before he is over the legal BAC. If you are a male weighing 240 pounds, you can have two drinks. It gets questionable over those amounts. At 200 pounds, having four drinks would definitely put you over the legal BAC limit. At 240 pounds, drinking five drinks would do it.

For women at a weight of 120 pounds, there is no amount of alcohol that would not put her at risk of a DUI if she gets behind the wheel because even one drink would put her over the limit. If you are a female weighing 200 pounds, you can have one drink with two drinks putting you over the legal limit.

Do keep in mind that these are just guidelines. Everyone is different. Just because you weigh in at a certain weight or are a certain gender, it does not mean the above limits are exactly right for you. Your body may process alcohol differently. So, always be safe and use a designated driver. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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Frank Piscitelli

As a first-generation Italian in the United States, Frank is no stranger to tough times. His father's family moved to Cleveland from Italy on May 22, 1958, with a few articles of clothing, some personal items and very little money. His family shared a home with three other related families but happily worked long hours doing jobs that involved physical labor, just to put food on the table. There was the promise of hope and opportunity, which was missing before his family moved here.


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