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Old 06-04-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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I recently purchased a 750ml or 35oz bottle of Woodbridge Chardonnay California 2008 Wine. According to one BAC website, this equals 5 "drinks." I know I should know better, but I RARELY drink. I still understand alcohol consumption in terms of "drinks." Anyway, according to the online BAC calculator, based on my weight (which I would rather not post), my BAC is .078, just barely under the limit but possible to be "rounded up" if you know what I mean. However, I do not feel the effects. Is this because I drank it on a full stomach? But I still should be feeling at least something?! I drank the bottle in 40 minutes.

First, please excuse my ingnorance on alcohol but I find most alcohol other than wine (on occasion) distasteful. Anyway, is the basic white wine (Chardonnay) from Woodbridge really equal to five drinks? Or less? Secondly, is my full stomach and heavy weight preventing me from being drunk? I can still type and talk and walk, but to play it safe I will not drive tonight. Am I technically drunk and do not know it or just a little buzzed but do not know it? Or is white wine on a full stomach in a big man too weak to do much? Please explain.
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:57 AM
 
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according to what I could find, '08 Woodbridge Chard is listed as 13.5% alcohol by volume (or about 27 proof). Just for comparison Miller Genuine Draft is listed as 4.7%, so a similar amount of Chard contains roughly 3x more alcohol. There are roughly 2 bottles of beer in one 750ml wine bottle, so that means Woodbridge is equal to 6 Miller's ("drinks").

If you're fairly heavy you may not feel the effects of 6 drinks in one hour (especially on a full stomach) but it will still show up in a Breathalyzer test, so legally you'll be over the limit. For safety's sake it's best for everyone--regardless of weight--to limit their intake to 2 "drinks" if you're driving. That's 2 beers or 1/3 bottle of white wine. Just remember that many fruity red wines are over 15% and you have to drink even less to stay safe & sober.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:22 AM
 
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Holy crap, I think if I drank a bottle of wine in 40 minutes, I'd died of alcohol poisoning. But then, I'm 5ft and weigh about 100lbs.

Are you trying to get drunk or just trying to determine how safe it is for you to drive? I heard somewhere that if you're drinking more than 1 unit per hour, you will likely be over the legal limit and should not drive. I never drive if I've had even one drink all night because I'm a lightweight but my husband is comfortable having 1 or 2 at a slow pace, especially if he stops an hour or so before driving. Even if you're not feeling anything, I definitely think you shouldn't drive after a bottle of wine in 40 mins.

Drinking on a full/empty stomach definitely effects me differently - I never drink on an empty stomach or I'll wind up over the toilet all night. Learned that one the hard way but never made that mistake again.
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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you may not feel the effects of 6 drinks in one hour (especially on a full stomach) but it will still show up in a Breathalyzer test, so legally you'll be over the limit.
Winner.

I've heard so many people use the "but I don't feel anything" or having a high tolerance as rationale for driving after drinking, but a blood alcohol percentage is based on consumption amount, size of person, and timeframe. Some people are just naturals at functioning well after drinking, others drink enough in their lives that they seem fine, but BAC doesn't factor any of that into the equation.

I love wine, but I personally wouldn't even think of driving if I did a whole bottle.
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