On average, how long does it take for your body to cancel the effects of one standard drink?

Correct answer

  • One hour
  • 5 to 10 minutes
  • Two to three hours

Explanation

The following drinks contain about the same amount of alcohol: 1.5 oz. of liquor, 5 oz. of wine, 12 oz. of beer, and 12 oz. of wine cooler. For a 150-pound male, each one of these drinks contains enough alcohol to increase his BAC by about .02 percent. On average, it takes the body approximately one hour to remove that much alcohol.

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