It’s always good to know the answer to how long does alcohol stay in your system. If you’ve had a couple of drinks at a party, for example, and need to know when you can legally and safety drive home. Or when you’ve had a particularly heavy session the night before and need to know whether or not you’ll still be over the legal limit the morning after, about the time you’re due to drive to work to face what will inevitably be a heavy day.
There seems to be a lot of conflicting information on the internet when you Google “How long does alcohol stay in your system?” so here at MedHealthDaily, we decided to investigate further and bring you the truth.
How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?
The length of time that one drink (or many drinks) will affect you will depend on a whole bunch of other things. Your age will come into question as well as your height, weight, whether you’re male or female, what time you started and stopped drinking, and whether you were taking other medications, whether you’d eaten that day and what other non-alcoholic drinks you’d squeezed in at the same time. Your metabolism will also play a factor, as will the type of alcohol you’re drinking, and the strength of it too.
Alcohol tends to stay around longer in the female body than it does in the male body, and the younger generation (between the ages of 20 and 30) will tend to get the booze out of the body quicker. There are a lot of different contributing factors, all of which need to be taken into account when you are making the decision over whether or not it is safe for you to drive.
If you are in any doubt, do not drive. You risk putting someone’s life at risk, including your own. It’s really not worth taking that risk.
On average, it’ll take a normal, healthy, happy adult male about two hours to break down one pint of beer. If it’s a large glass of wine, amounting to 250ml, it’ll take between two and three hours.
In order to work it out, your blood alcohol concentration will tell you whether or not you’re still over the legal limit at the end of the night or the next morning. In many cases, if you have had many drinks the night before, there is still too much alcohol in your body the next day. If you say that, on average, one beer is broken down over two or three hours, a heavy night with six or seven beers would amount to 12 – 21 hours, depending on the factors we have mentioned above.
With precise urine testing, alcohol can still be traced in the body up to two days (48 hours) after you initially drank them, and there is an even more precise examination called the ETG Urine Alcohol Test which can trace it up to 80 hours ofter the liver has broken it down.
How to Speed Up the Process
The bad news is there is no way to speed up the process. The length of time the alcohol still stay in your system will depend on all the things we mentioned above and although drinking coffee and other remedies can help you to feel more awake, capable and alert, there will still be alcohol in your body which means you will still fail a breathalyser should one be requested of you.
There are some tips you can use in order to ensure you don’t get drunk quite so quickly, or to make sure it doesn’t leave you with quite a raging hangover if you’re planning a crazy night out with your friends. Eating a protein-rich meal before drinking can help because this will help to break the alcohol down over a longer period of time, therefore taking you longer to get drunk. Drinking on an empty stomach is a very bad idea and will ensure you get drunk quicker and feel the consequences more severely and for longer too.
You should try to drink your alcoholic drinks slowly too, having a glass of water every two to three drinks. This will help to flush the bad stuff through your body quicker and also dilute the booze, ensuring you enjoy the rest of the night as well as the next day. Drinking water as you’re drinking will also help to make the hangover less painful so essentially, you’re killing two birds with one stone.
Always go for drinks that are low in strength and try to stick to the same ones too. Mixing beer with wine and then spirits is a sure fire way to get super drunk and to feel awful the next day.