What BAC can humans survive?
Binge Drinking Increases BAC
Binge drinking, or the excessive consumption of alcohol in a short period of time, is very popular among teenagers, college students, as well as young adults. Many people engage in heavy episodic drinking of alcoholic beverages with the sole intention of becoming intoxicated. Although binge drinking may have its own euphoria, it is not only dangerous, but it can also be deadly. The legal blood alcohol concentration limit defined under law is 0.08 percent or more. Anyone having a BAC of 0.08 or more is said to be legally drunk and may have to face consequences if their actions cause harm to others.
For an adult male, taking 5 or more drinks is enough to bring them at the legal BAC limit defined under law. For females, the limit is 4 or more drinks. This limit of alcohol is typically reached in about 2 hours after consumption of the alcoholic beverage. If the person continues to drink after that, they are putting their life in serious danger. In some cases, they may even be putting the lives of other people in danger, such as if they were driving after drinking.
Impair Starts Early
Everyone likes to drink alcohol. You may drink it at a party, at a wedding, at a friend’s place, at a party at your home, or just enjoy it over the weekend. Taking a drink every once in a while is alright, but engaging in binge drinking has its own deadly effects. The human body can tolerate only so much alcohol. Excessive drinking leads to memory loss, vomiting, and passing out.
People have always wondered how much alcohol the human body can tolerate before it becomes fatal. According to research, BAC 0.34 is the magic number. It is defined as the upper limit, or the border line between stupor and death. For someone to reach such a high blood alcohol level, they would need to consume 14 shots of vodka to get there. The story of British rock band Led Zeppelin drummer, John Henry Bonham, may be worth sharing here. According to rock historian Mick Wall, he kept working and drinking the entire day, consuming equivalent of 40 vodka shots in a day. Sadly, when he went to bed that night, he choked to death on his own vomit.
A World Record You Don’t Want to Break
The story of a 67-year-old man from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is also quite stunning. According to CBC News Canada, he holds the record for the highest BAC level ever recorded. The incident took place in December 2004, when the Bulgarian man was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. When his blood was drawn for testing, his BAC came out to be 0.914%, almost 12 times the legal limit.
There is another story of a sheep thief in South Africa who holds the award for “Highest-Ever recorded BAC for someone who lived.” According to news reports, the man was arrested driving a Mercedez-Benz Vito. At the time, he was with a woman, five boys and 15 sheep which had been stolen from several different local farms. His BAC level was 32 times over the legal limit.
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