Age: The older you are, the longer alcohol remains in your liver before moving to your bloodstream or before it is metabolized. The older you are, the longer you are likely to be intoxicated if you drink.
Sex: Men and women metabolize alcohol differently. Alcohol typically stays in a woman’s system longer. This is likely because women have a lower percentage of water in their bodies than men. Women also have a higher body fat percentage. Hormones also impact how your body processes alcohol.
Food: If you eat before drinking, it can help dilute alcohol. Having a full stomach can also slow your stomach’s emptying to the small intestine. If you have an empty stomach, your BAC can be as much as three times higher than someone who ate before drinking.
Body size: The higher your body fat percentage, the higher your BAC usually is.
Medications: Different medications impact how long it takes your body to process alcohol. Some medicines slow down metabolism, which can play a role. Some medicines also slow down the emptying of the stomach to the small intestine and liver. That means alcohol is rapidly absorbed, leading to higher BAC levels.
Final Thoughts on Alcohol in Your System
In conclusion, it is very much dependent on the individual concerning how long alcohol is in your system.
For most people, it would take a minimum of several hours, but it could be more.
Individual factors play a big role in how your body can detoxify alcohol per hour.
If you are struggling with alcohol use, binge drinking, or feel that you could have a problem, consider an alcohol treatment program.
At North Jersey Recovery Center, we offer various types of programs. No matter what program you take part in, it is always customized to your specific needs.
Our staff is caring and compassionate but also skilled in helping people work toward their recovery goals.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our program offerings.
Our team can also verify your insurance and determine your coverage.
Alcohol abuse can lead to financial and legal problems and mental and physical health problems.
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