How Long does Alcohol Stay in Your System?

Once alcohol is consumed it will slowly enter into the system and remain in the bloodstream until the body expels it. Alcohol can leave the body through the breath, perspiration and urine, though a majority will be broken down with the metabolism. The rate in which the alcohol is broken down does not vary based on factors such as the person's size, weight, sex or race, though this is commonly referenced in urban culture.

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?

The health of many different organ systems will need to be considered:

Ways to Slow Down Alcohol into Your System

How long alcohol stays in your system depends on a number of factors. There are a few different ways you can slow down the level that alcohol enters your system.

While it is possible to slow the level that alcohol enters the system, you cannot increase the rate that it leaves the body. The human body will continue to expel alcohol regardless of whether or not the person is awake, so it will be metabolized at a constant rate, which makes it easy to predict how long the substances will stay in the system using the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) calculator.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Guide

The BAC level will be lowered and broken down at a regular rate.

A Blood alcohol level of .02 will be broken down in approximately one and a half hours, BAC levels of .05 are broken down in three and a half hours, .08 is broken down in five and a half hours and .10 can take up to 6.6 hours to be broken down.

For the most part this level is the same for most people, regardless of changes to the body. The main difference comes in based on how people feel the effects of alcohol. In general, those who are smaller tend to feel the effects of alcohol more strongly than those who are larger. Men also tend to be more immune to showing the effects of alcohol than women.

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