How much alcohol would a human have to consume for it to cause their death?

In generally a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .30 or above will put someone at risk for death. BAC is effected by many things including:

  • Body Mass – A larger body allows alcohol to be distributed over greater area, and thus the lower concentration of alcohol.
  • Percent Body Water – Alcohol is soluble in water, but not in fat. Thus, if you have a lower body fat percentage and are more physically fit, you will have a lower BAL for your weight.
  • Sex – Females tend to have a higher body fat ratio to men and they have less of an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which aids in the ability to metabolize alcohol.
  • Metabolism – While the elimination rate for alcohol is relatively similar for all people, it is affected by genetics.
  • Food - Consuming food before and while drinking slows absorption by slowing stomach emptying.
  • Medications/Drugs- Certain medications interact with alcohol and cause your BAL to rise faster or more than normal. Be careful and always read the label.

Source: Estimating Blood Alcohol Content
Source: BAC Charts

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