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Knowing how much wine will get you drunk is crucial if you want to drink. Whether it be a formal occasion or a party with friends, you need to know this amount, because it will help you a lot of times. But it depends on a lot of things, so calculating it will be a hard task. We will help you as much as we can along the way, though.

But first…

Why would you need to know how much alcohol you can take?

Some people think that they can guess the amount that can get you drunk and others just go with the flow and stop once they feel like it’s enough. Both of these methods are pretty unreliable unless you really know yourself and you drink slowly. But that’s not the case most of the time, is it?

Know your body

So, the first reason why you need to know how much alcohol will get you drunk is to learn more about your body, because it’s not likely that you already know this info. By knowing this certain piece of information you will know how much alcohol you need, not wine, so you will be able to stop at the right point. This will, of course, also prevent hangovers and a lot of vomiting. And all you needed to do was a little calculation.

Formalities

Let’s be honest, we like to drink during stressful times and unfortunately, business dinners and parties are a part of those times. But if you are constantly in your head and you see alcohol as a way to escape then you will quickly go over your limits, which can result in some pretty awkward situations.

It’s okay to get wasted during parties that you go to with friends, but the same can’t be said about business events. And trust us, your colleagues and bosses will clearly see if even a little bit of wine has got to your head.

Saving money

If you can calculate the amount you need to get drunk then you will be more likely to correctly guess others’. This will result in fewer bottles of wine bought, as you will be able to tell how much people can take.

But even if you are getting drunk by yourself you will save a little bit.

What determines how much alcohol you can take?

These are the core parts. All of these will determine how much you can drink without becoming drunk.

Sex

Women naturally have more body fat (which retains alcohol) and less water (which helps disperse it) when compared to men. Because of these two, females simply experience drunkenness for a longer time, but the intensity is just the same.

Besides that, women produce less ADH (alcohol dehydrogenase). It’s an enzyme that the liver releases and its job is to break down the alcohol. The less of it, the more susceptible the person is to becoming drunk.

Weight

This one is pretty simple. The more body mass you have, the more alcohol you need. Everyone is aware of this fact though, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Most recent meal

If you drink on an empty stomach then you will very easily get drunk. But if you are drinking while you are eating then you will have a much better chance at retaining your soberness.

This happens because if there is nothing in your stomach then the alcohol will quickly pass straight into your small intestine, causing you to absorb it really quickly. Meanwhile, if you have something in its’ way it will have a much lighter effect, as it will be absorbed slowly. The alcohol will not hit you in the head this way.

Muscle mass

Interesting, isn’t it? If you have more muscle mass then you won’t get as drunk. Did you expect the opposite?

Well, the science behind it is very simple. You either have fat, nothing or muscle. Fat retains alcohol, nothing will do… nothing. But muscle has quite a bit of water, so it is able to dilute alcohol. This will make your drink pass through your body much more easily.

Carbonation

This phenomenon isn’t closely studied, unfortunately. But through personal experience, we have learned that carbonation will lead to faster absorption, which in return will get you drunk faster.

There has only been a small study. But in it, they didn’t find much, just that some people experience the effects of alcohol if there is carbonation present in their drink. Unfortunately, this is only temporary and the effects will wear off pretty quickly according to this study.

But if we solely rely on people’s experiences, then we will clearly see a pattern. Many people get drunk off carbonated drinks in a shorter amount of time, compared to non-carbonated drinks.

Levels of drunkenness

There is no such thing as a hard line between being sober and drunk. There is just no way to know for sure. Instead, you will be considered drunk even if you only drank a can of beer, but it’s just a low level of drunkenness. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the levels.

Low intoxication (0.01-0.05 BAC)

This happens when you drink almost nothing. Two sips of the wine or half a can of beer. Regardless of which one, this is the phase while you are still “sober”. Meaning that the alcohol won’t have an effect on your body and you will act like your normal self.

Tipsy or Euphoria (0.03-0.12 BAC)

This is the level you get on when you drink just a little bit (1-2 alcoholic drinks under an hour). It will make you feel warm, happy and very confident. In this stage most people begin acting a little bit more like themselves, easing up and not trying to act as polite or fit in. Because of this, if you are in a more professional environment you should keep yourself at this level. It will help you relax and show more of your true colors.

What you may experience during this phase:

  • Slowed motor responses
  • Shorter attention span
  • Poor short-term memory

Excitement (0.09-25 BAC)

This is the level at which the average person would consider drunk. You slowly start losing focus, you slur a little and your motor skills are terrible at this point. It takes around 4 drinks in an hour to get to this stage.

There aren’t many benefits to reaching this point of drunkenness. The only one is being overly active and energized.

What you may experience during this phase:

  • Emotional instability
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of balance
  • Blurry vision
  • Coordination problems
  • Trouble making judgment calls

Confusion (0.18-0.30 BAC)

5 drinks in an hour. Beginning to get a little too much.

At this stage, the happiness begins to wear off and you will start to have a worse mood. This causes an even worse case of emotional instability where you will likely have breakdowns and might even cry.

What you may experience during this phase:

  • Major loss of coordination
  • Trouble standing and walking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Lack of sense of pain

The rest…

We will not be talking about these levels because they are horrific and nobody should reach them. If you go above the confusing stage or someone you know then we highly recommend calling an ambulance and keeping a close eye on the symptoms. Alcohol is not something you should play around with, so get drunk safely!

What you may experience during these phases:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of mobility
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Calculation

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to tell when you are actually drunk. The only thing you can calculate is your BAC, which will only give you a guide as to what you are supposed to be experiencing at that point you get drunk.

But once again, there is no sure way to calculate it, although there are a couple of places that can give you a good idea. Alcohol.org has a pretty reliable calculator, although it doesn’t take a couple of things into consideration, like carbonation, eating, and muscle mass. But if you have been drinking and want to know how your BAC is doing then this is the way to learn about it.

Let’s talk about the average. If you are a woman and you invite a couple of friends over for dinner with some wine then you will be able to easily calculate your BAC. Let’s say that you are 150 pounds and drank 5 glasses of wine in an hour. Pretty reasonable. The calculator will tell you that your BAC is 0.19% and that you may be experiencing nausea and possibly even vomiting. And of course, it will also warn you not to drive, as you are way above 0.08% BAC.

Conclusion

Whatever level of drunkenness you might want to achieve, we ask you to drink safely. Follow some drinking guides and keep in mind all the factors that we have told you about, so you don’t go overboard.

Did this guide help you? Will you use this information the next time you go out partying? Tell us down in the comments below!

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