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Blood Alcohol Content: Males vs. Females

We examined some scenarios involving alcohol consumption that college students commonly experience. We wanted to compare males vs. females to see how it can affect the behavior of each as well as the state of mind each may be in in different rates.
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Lauryn Fair

on 31 May 2011

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Transcript of Blood Alcohol Content: Males vs. Females

Male:
Weight: 200 pounds
Age: 18-24 years old
Body Type: Physically Fit
Alcohol Consumption: Moderate
Height: 6’0” Female:
Weight: 130 pounds
Age- 18-24 years old
Body Type: Physically Fit
Alcohol consumption: moderate
Height: 5’5” Scenario 1
This models blood alcohol content of an individual who downs a 6-pack of beer at a party within the first hour and doesn’t drink anymore the rest of the evening. Scenario 2
Examines individuals whose approach to consumption is a little more laid back. The students drink a single beer every hour over a nine hour period. Scenario 3
Celebration of a 21st birthday. The birthday boy/girl drinks a beer and takes a shot every half-hour. Court shows students the effects of alcohol: DID YOU KNOW?
Summary: The seriousness of underage drinking was brought to the courts attention when thirteen teens were on trial for underage drinking. Some of the teens admitted that they drank before their thirteenth birthday. Knowing that teens are drinking at such an early age and that teens can get their license at the age of sixteen, not only has an increase in underage drinking, but also in drunk driving. Study links drinking to brain shrinking: Cognitive impact unclear; women affected more
Summary: It doesn’t matter if one drinks heavily or moderately, overtime; alcohol will decrease ones brain density. The effects are greater in heavy drinkers but moderate drinkers are still affected. Women are also affected by this more than men are. A study led to the question weather drinking is good for the heart but not so good for the brain. The researchers that preformed the study said that they do not want to tell people to stop drinking moderately but they caution that people should monitor their drinking based on their own personal health. Women are affected by alcohol 50% more than men. More beer you drink, more your brain shrinks
Summary: This article cautions that having as little as two glasses of wine can reduce ones grey matter. This study involved 2,000 people and it showed that the effects were much greater in woman than in men. Brain shrinks even with a glass or two
Summary: Although men are more likely to drink than women and consume more alcohol in one sitting, the effects are much greater in women. This is because women are generally smaller than women and they tend to feel alcohol more quickly than men. NOTE: the male is legally able to drive after 4 hours NOTE: Female able to drive after 5 hours NOTE: Male can drive at any time NOTE: Female can drive at anytime NOTE: Male cannot drive after 1 hour, is in a coma after 6 hours, and is dead after 7 hours NOTE: Female cannot drive after 1 hour, is in a coma after 4 hours, and is dead after 4.5 hours On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008 an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes- a decline of 9.8 percent from the 13,041 drunk driving related fatalities.
A 2008 poll measuring the traffic safety culture of Americans found that 80 percent supported requiring drivers who have been convicted of DWI to use equipment that tests them for alcohol, i.e. an ignition interlock device.
About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. Mortality Rates and Statistics Alcohol related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000 including $51.1 billion in monetary costs and an estimated $63.2 billion in quality of life loses. People other than the drinking driver paid $71.6 billion of the alcohol related crash bill which is 63 percent of the total cost of these crashes.
A first time drunk driving offender on average has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested. Blood Alcohol Content:
Men vs. Women Summary: People used to say that if parents would allow their children alcohol at dinner at an early age, they would be more likely to learn to control their alcohol. More recent studies show that the earlier children are exposed to alcohol, the higher their chances are of becoming dependent on it in the future. Best to delay drinking Some parents believe that introducing teenagers to alcohol early, over a meal, will teach responsible habits but research shows that young people who have their first taste of alcohol before the age of 15 are more at risk of becoming alcohol dependent later in life; What is BAC? It is being intoxicated and is a measure of impairment in the individual, but the levels of impairment vary from person to person. For example, too much alcohol can make a person black out, cause alcohol poisoning and death. All of these conditions depend on the amount of alcohol consumed and in the blood stream. Blood alcohol levels are measured by the mass per volume or the percentage mass.
In the United States, .08 is the legal limit for intoxication and states will arrest individuals who drive with their BAC less than .08. If a person is not an experienced drinker, a lower BAC will affect them more than someone who has built up a tolerance. But a blood alcohol content of .40 is typically the lethal dose for more than 50% of adults. In all drinkers who drink for a long time the major gender differences occur in the brain; shrinkage. More studies that have been done have shown that in women they have a greater chance in having heart and liver damage then male alcoholics do. BAC Works Cited
http://www.brad21.org/bac_charts.html
http://www.ou.edu/oupd/bac.htm
http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/women/a/aa010604.htm
http://bloodalcoholcontent.org/
http://www.dwi.com/blood-alcohol-content We examined some scenarios involving alcohol consumption that college students commonly experience.
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