The Mathematics of Drinking

The Mathematics of Drinking

First we define a fundamental unit - the "Standard Drink". It's a drink that needs one hour for its alcohol content to be metabolized. In other words it takes one hour to get out of your system. It's equivalent to 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof liquor, a bottle of beer, or a 5 fluid ounce glass of wine.

Using this fundamental unit we can measure drinks..

Liquor (80 Proof - 40% Alcohol by volume)

“Bottle” 750ml = 17 Standard Drinks
“Martini” 200ml = 4.5 Standard Drinks
“Miniature” 50ml = 1 Standard Drink

Wine (13% Alcohol by volume)

“Bottle” 750ml = 5.5 Standard Drinks
“Big Glass” (10 fluid ounces) = 2 Standard Drinks
“Standard Glass” (5 fluid ounces) = 1 Standard Drink

Beer (5% Alcohol by volume)

“Pint” (16 fluid ounces) = 1.2 Standard Drinks
“Bottle” (12 fluid ounces) = 1 Standard Drink

I think the big surprise here is the Martini. Knock back just 2 Martinis and you've had 9 drinks. It's going to take 9 hours to get out of your system!

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott abbottsystems@gmail.com