The rule of thumb, of course, is that if you’re not 100%, you don’t.
But what if you need to?
Well, you should have thought about that earlier, shouldn’t you?
That’s why more alcohol is consumed on a Friday night at a rally.
It’s not just letting your hair down after a week’s work but the realisation that unless you’re going on the rideout, you haven’t got to go anywhere on the Saturday … well, except to walk to the bar for a social.
Of course we all think that we know how much we can consume before packing up to leave on Sunday, but in truth only those who have been breathalysed on their home really know for sure.
A breathalyser measures the amount of alcohol in your system – your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) – by the amount that evaporates from the blood passing through your lungs. Which is why strong mints don’t work.
Assuming a healthy liver, your body can process about one unit of alcohol in your bloodstream per hour – after taking between 20 and 90 minutes to get into your bloodstream from your stomach and small intestine – unless you’ve really gone for it, in which case it can struggle to keep up.
You might be surprised to learn that while we eat in the expectation that it will soak up the alcohol, it’s not always a good thing. Yes, food does soak up alcohol, but it also slows down the rate at which alcohol will get into the bloodstream. Great for meals out, but you’re only borrowing time: it will still get you and will add up over the course of the night. It is just one of the reasons why you get more drunk after you’re finished drinking … and perhaps why there are so many fights in kebab shops.
And where does all this leave you?
With a headache on Sunday morning, wondering whether you have still got a healthy liver … and whether it has done its job properly.
That is where the Alcosense Elite 3 comes in, and the joy of blowing into your own tube rather than one supplied by a member of the local constabulary, and we are very much in the early stages of testing it. There have only been so many drunken weekends since it landed and it has not been designed to see how much you are drinking – because it is very difficult to measure BAC in real-time – but to see how much is left in your system the following day.
And when I’ve got a decent data set – and can qualify that it is working as it should, because the instructions offer many circumstances that can generate a false reading – I will share that with you: watch this space.
Alcosense Elite 3