Responsible Drinking

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How much can I drink and stay under the limit?

There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. The amount of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered over the driving limit varies from person to person. It depends on:

  1. your weight
  2. your gender (men tend to process alcohol faster than women)
  3. your metabolism
  4. the type and amount you’re drinking
  5. your current stress levels
  6. whether you’ve eaten recently
  7. age (younger people tend to process alcohol more slowly)

Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive so the only safe advice is to avoid any alcohol if you are driving.

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How does alcohol affect men and women?

Alcohol affects women differently than men. There are several reasons.

  1. On average, women weigh less and people who weigh less reach higher blood alcohol levels compared to people who weigh more.
  2. Women have more adipose tissue (fat), causing alcohol to be absorbed more slowly and the effects of alcohol to take longer to wear off.
  3. Women have less water in their bodies to dilute alcohol. If a woman and a man of the same weight drink an equal amount of alcohol, a woman’s blood alcohol concentration will be higher.
  4. Women have lower levels of the enzymes that break down alcohol. This lower level of enzymes means that alcohol remains in a woman’s system longer.

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