**Hours to Zero BAC
**

**OK now that you have had all
that beer ......**

**You will probably be surprised to learn how much time it takes for your
body to eliminate alcohol from the bloodstream even though you can raise your
BAC quickly by slamming drinks. BAC goes down at a slow and predictable rate.
This is because your liver can only metabolize a predictable blood alcohol
concentration per hour. **

**The normal body will metabolize between .015 percent and .020 percent BAC
per hour. We use a conservative .016 percent BAC per hour in the following
charts. Some heavy drinkers may eliminate alcohol at a slightly higher rate and
certain physical conditions may cause some people to metabolize alcohol at a
slower rate. **

**The following charts will give you an idea of the number of hours it takes
for women and men to reach zero BAC (no alcohol remaining in the blood stream)
for a variety of body weights and different numbers of drinks. **

**Instructions:
1. Find the chart for women or men.
2. Find your weight along the bottom of the chart.
3. Find the amount of drinks consumed during the entire drinking episode in the
left-hand column.
4. Note where the "Number of Drinks" consumed and your weight intersect. This is
the number of hours to zero BAC from the time you started drinking.**