Once the alcohol has entered your bloodstream, there are two ways it can leave your system. The first is through your breath, sweat, and urine, which takes care of approximately 10 percent of the total alcohol you consumed. The rest of the alcohol is metabolized or broken down in our body.
So, how long does alcohol stay in your system and how long does it take before you can test negative for it? Looking for answers to these questions? Just keep reading.
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How Long Does Alcohol Stay In Your System?
A healthy liver is capable of processing about one small shot of liquor per hour, so that is how long one drink stays in your system. If beer is your favorite drink, then you must know that it takes around two hours for a healthy liver to process one pint for beer, whereas a large glass of wine can take up to 3 hours.
Though alcohol may be metabolized at the same rate, some people experience the effects of alcohol for longer or shorter periods of time because of the varying blood alcohol concentrations. Blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) is the amount of alcohol in your blood with reference to its water content.
Several factors determine the BAC in your body and how you react to the alcohol, such as age, weight as well as the fact whether you are drinking alcohol on empty stomach or not. If you have taken any medications or are suffering from a liver disease can also change the way your body reacts to the consumption of alcohol.
Another factor which plays a crucial role is the amount of alcohol present in your drink. While some drinks like beer and wine have a low alcohol content, others, such as whiskey, scotch, and vodka are loaded with it. Moreover, the alcohol can vary from 2 percent to 12 percent in your beer, depending on which brand you choose.
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How Long Does Alcohol Stay In Your System For A Urine Test?
A general urinalysis is capable of telling if you have consumed alcohol within the past 48 hours. While it usually lasts from 12 to 36 hours, there are a number of factors like how much did you drink that determine if you will test positive or not.
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How Long Does Alcohol Stay In Your System For A Breath Test?
Breathalyzers are the most common way for the law enforcement to determine whether someone is under the influence of alcohol or not. Breathalyzers can detect whether you have consumed alcohol or not up to 24 hours after the ingestion.
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There is another test called the ethyl glucuronide (ETG) test, which can detect the traces of alcohol in the body through saliva up to 12 days after the consumption. However, these are still not the most precise test out there. It would be hair test, which can detect the consumption of alcohol in the past three months.
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Just keep this in mind that while moderate drinking may even have health benefits, heavy drinking not only impairs your senses temporarily but can also lead to severe complications, such as alcohol poisoning.
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