Getting drunk is something that people do to socialize with friends, to let off some steam after a rough day, or even to cope with life’s difficult circumstances. Each of the stages of being drunk come from the person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) as it rises.
A person’s BAC is influenced by many factors such as:
- the person’s height and weight
- whether the person is a male or female
- the amount of alcohol ingested
- how quickly the alcohol is consumed
- the person’s metabolism
- if the individual has eaten anything before drinking
Taking all of these factors into consideration makes the process of getting drunk different for everyone.
Stages of Being Drunk
1. Sobriety: BAC of 0.01 — 05%
Right when a person begins drinking for the night, the person won’t show any symptoms of intoxication. If a person only has one drink per hour, they will still be categorized in this stage, and this goes for both men and women (unless they are under 100 pounds). Reaction time and judgment can be vaguely impaired during this phase depending on the person’s tolerance.
2. Euphoria: BAC of 0.03 — 0.12%
The euphoria stage of intoxication reaches its peak depending on the individual’s situation. If a man consumes 2-3 drinks in an hour and a woman consumes 1-2, the “tipsy” feeling will occur, meaning they’ll feel more confident and talkative than usual. Having this BAC allows law enforcement to arrest you if you chose to drive at this stage.
3. Thrill: BAC of 0.09 — 0.25%
This excitement stage of getting drunk means that the person is now legally intoxicated. Men usually reach this stage when they’ve had 3-5 drinks in an hour while women usually reach it when they’ve had 2-4 drinks in an hour. This BAC causes people to feel unbalanced, drowsy, blurry, and uncoordinated.
4. Confusion: BAC of 0.18 — 0.30%
This stage of getting drunk can get a person on the border of alcohol poisoning, and it is achieved if a man or woman has had many drinks in one hour. This causes a person to stagger when walking, be confused with their situation, and forget things the next day. Blacking out is most likely to happen at this stage, and a person is more likely to become injured.
5. Near unconsciousness: BAC 0.25 — 0.4%
Also called being in a “drunken stupor,” this stage means that the person has reached alcohol poisoning. This causes the person to pass out, not be able to control their body functions (vomiting), or become unable to walk or stand without falling over. Medical help is vital in this stage.
6. Coma and death: BAC of 0.35 — 0.45%+
When individuals reach a BAC of 0.35, they are likely to fall into a coma and risk death. Lowered body temperature and breathing problems/respiratory failure are all causes of this BAC, leading to coma and death.
Per Wickstrom and Best Drug Rehabilitation
Alcohol abuse is a serious issue that affects many people. The effects of alcohol abuse over time may cause a person to need a rehabilitation facility or help from medical professionals.
Per Wickstrom, CEO and founder of Best Drug Rehabilitation, believes that “As we focus on shaping our nation’s youth into strong leaders, it is vital that we instill the importance of leading a healthy, happy life without the need for drugs and alcohol.” He tries to help people physically and mentally to overcome addiction.
The stages of being drunk correlate with the person’s blood alcohol content, but the timing and exact symptoms can be different for everyone. Educate yourself and loved ones so you can drink safely.