I will be the first to admit that I have over-served myself when having a good time and drinking wine in my all my years of drinking! Most people I know have been in the same position.
I have heard wine drinkers say they can drink a bottle, or two. Well maybe they can, but it has, and most likely always will, depend on the individual. All people metabolize (metabolize means the body breaks down a substance to be used by it) alcohol differently. These differences result in everyone having absorption of alcohol differently in the blood stream. The amount of alcohol in one’s blood determines the effect on the body and the behavior of the individual.
The more a person can metabolize alcohol, the less gets into a person’s blood stream. The less alcohol that gets into the blood stream due to their metabolism, the less likely that person is to become intoxicated.
There are a number of other items that effect your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) such as how fast you drink and what you are drinking (wine, beer, spirits, etc.) Other items that effect your BAC are gender, age, if you are eating while drinking, how often you normally drink, and what types of alcoholic beverages you normally consume.
According to Northwestern Medicine Magazine, once alcohol is in your body it works quickly. It is absorbed by your bloodstream through the lining of your stomach. Alcohol reaches your brain in only five minutes with immediate effects on you in ten minutes.
20 minutes after your first glass of wine your liver begins processing the alcohol. On average your liver can metabolize an ounce of alcohol every hour. The article in Northwestern Medicine Magazine states that a blood alcohol level of 0.08, the legal limit for drinking, takes around five and half hours to leave your system. Alcohol remains in your body for up to 80 hours.
How much is too much to drink? Your response to alcohol also depends on a number of factors, such as age, gender, how healthy you are, how much you drink, and how long and how often you drink.
Heavy chronic drinkers are people who drink heavily over an extended period of time. Here are some statistics:
Women who drink more than three drinks on any day or seven total drinks per week fall into the chronic drinker’s category. For men to be in the same category it is more than four drinks per day or 14 drinks per week. To put this into perspective, a bottle of wine holds about five drinks. Thanks goes out to Northwestern Medicine Magazine for all the information.
In researching this topic, I found an interesting blog from vincarta.com that provided the following information on hangovers. I am pretty sure that I could recite most of these common symptoms from memory, I do not need any help. Here they are:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Headaches and muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
- Bad sleep
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound
- Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning (especially when you lay your head on a pillow)
- Decreased ability to concentrate
- Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritability
- Rapid heartbeat
Another thing that makes Mrs. Tiedemann and I have a bit of a hangover is mixing different types of liquor and wine in the same sitting. Which of these symptoms have you experienced?
Putting aside all the symptoms, terminology, medical factors and so on, in the end if you drink too much you are going to get “drunk” and that can lead to a lot of other issues. In the end, the main culprit for all of this is the alcohol. Be sure and always watch how much you drink.
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Upcoming Wine Events For 2021
5/21/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event – $30 per ticket. Buy Your Tickets Here.
6/11/21 Italian Wine Dinner featuring live music by Julia James. Our next LEX 530 Wine Dinner will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021, at the LEX 530 Event Center in Elkhart. This wine dinner will feature premium wines selected by LEX 530 Wine Director, Stan Minden, to pair with Executive Chef Chad Coryn’s delectable four-course dinner. Each course is listed below. The wines have not yet been finalized.
RECEPTION: Passed hors d’oeuvres. Paired with an assortment of different wine options.
1ST COURSE: Heirloom tomato caprese, burrata, pesto, aged balsamic
2ND COURSE: Branzino al cartoccio, zucchini, olives, fregola
3RD COURSE: Beef cheek ragu, creamy polenta, Parmigiano-Reggiano
4TH COURSE: Vanilla bean-mascarpone panna cotta, fresh berries, honeycomb
If you are a LEX 530 Wine Club Member, please contact Courtney at 574-296-1314. Guests must be at least 21 years of age, with a valid ID. Tickets are $100.00 (tax not included). You must purchase your ticket by noon on Friday, June 4, 2021 — either online at the link below or by calling Courtney at 574-296-1314 if you are a Wine Club member.
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