October 27th, 2011

How people die from drinking

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As the news that Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning traveled around the world Wednesday, some were shocked to hear exactly how much alcohol the late singer had in her system at the time of her death. According to a pathologist who testified during the inquest, Winehouse's blood-alcohol level was .416 when she died, more than five times the legal limit for driving. In both the United States and Britain, the legal limit to drive is .08…According to the Mayo Clinic, it takes the body roughly one hour to metabolize a single drink but the definition of what constitutes a drink changes depending on the alcohol.

CNN The Chart, by Caitlin Hagan, 10/27/11

Additional coverage: Huffington Post

Tags: General Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Psychology and Psychiatry

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