How Many Beers Does it Take to Get Drunk?

By March 22, 2019Beer, Drinks

While it’s almost impossible to tell you how many beers it will take you (personally) to get drunk, science has formulated a rough equation that could give you some idea. Of course, there are a number of factors that need to be accounted for. These can be as varied as the alcohol content of your beverage, your individual weight, your body mass index, and how regular of a drinker you are. It’s also true that, given that all of these factors are equal, two people could experience drunkenness quite differently. Drunkenness is highly subjective, however, for legal and scientific purposes, most people are considered drunk when their blood alcohol concentration is at .08. So that is the baseline we will use in this article. If you drank too much, the Hangover Hospital has the best hangover cure in Key West. Give us a call!

A Handy Chart to Achieve Drunkenness

This handy chart should help you achieve your ideal drunkenness.

Drinks 100 lbs 150 lbs 200 lbs 250 lbs
1 .04 .03 .02 .015
2 .08 .06 .04 .03
3 .12 .09 .06 .0415
4 .16 .12 .08 .05
5 .20 .15 .10 .065
6 .24 .18 .12 .08
7 .28 .21 .14 .095
8 .32 .24 .16 .11
9 .36 .27 .18 .125
10 .40 .30 .20 .14

In other words, if you are 100 lbs, each drink will add .04 to your BAC. If you are 150 lbs, each drink will add .03 to your BAC. If you are 200 lbs, each drink will add .02 to your BAC. And if you are 250 lbs, each drink will add .015 to your BAC. Is this a perfectly accurate chart of your BAC? No. Does it give you a good idea of how drunk you are? Yes.

Drunkenness as a Function of Time

Now, I know what you’re saying. I weight 84 lbs and I drank 12 beers in one night this one time. Ok, maybe you did. There are two factors that are not being considered in this chart. The first is alcohol content per drink and the second is, over how long a period did you drink those beers?

Let’s say you weigh 100 lbs and you can process one drink per hour. That is to say, after one hour, your body will completely burn off the alcohol you imbibed rendering your BAC once again 0.00. If you drink one drink per hour, then you can maintain a chronic BAC of .04 throughout the whole night, which should leave you fairly buzzed and yet decently aware. However, let’s say you drink two drinks an hour. Now you are right on the cusp of the legal limit throughout the night. It’s time to play it safe and call an Uber.

Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant holds the record for most beers consumed in one sitting. He drank 119 beers over the course of 6 hours. That’s roughly 20 beers per hour. Let’s say Andre weighs 500 lbs. It would take him 20 beers to achieve the drunkenness that a 250 lb man could achieve in 10. Andre thus had a .14 BAC throughout the entire spectacle.

Talk to the Hangover Hospital

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