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  •  I'm going to call b.s. on that one (3+ / 0-)
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    kat68, middleagedhousewife, ceebee7

    0.4 is pretty much dead due to alcohol poisoning. you'd have to drink fast enough not to pass out before it got that high, which means your liver wouldn't have a chance in hell of pulling it out of your blood.

    doesn't matter if you are an alcoholic and have a "high tolerance". A concentration that high is going to stop your brain from working and your lungs and heart are going to stop.

    someone with a medical knowledge correct me if I'm wrong.

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:02:15 PM PST

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    •  Agreed. A friend of mine in college--a gay kid (2+ / 0-)
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      bullied by the football team to do shots--fell down a staircase and almost died at just over 0.3. He had drunk nearly two bottles of tequila. My friend barely made it. I am going to also go on record doubting a live person reporting a BAC of .79, no less all of the theatrics with the police. That person would be well past comatose. I doubt breathing is even possible at that level of intoxication.

      Anything over 0.2 or so is blackout drunk. This senator was tipsy as hell, but he should have been compos mentis enough to call a cab.

      •  And I stand corrected (1+ / 0-)
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        If wikipedia is to be believed:

        There have been reported cases of blood alcohol content higher than 1.00. In March 2009, a 45-year-old man was admitted to the hospital in Skierniewice, Poland, after being struck by a car. The blood test showed blood alcohol content at 1.23. The man survived but did not remember either the accident or the circumstances of his alcohol consumption.[54] One such case was reported by O'Neil, and others in 1984. They report on a 30-year-old man who survived a blood alcohol concentration of 1,500 mg/100 ml blood after vigorous medical intervention.[55]

        In South Africa, a man driving a Mercedes-Benz Vito van containing 15 sheep, allegedly stolen from nearby farms, was arrested on December 22, 2010, near Queenstown in Eastern Cape. His blood had an alcohol content of 1.6 g/100 ml. Also in the vehicle were five boys and a woman who were also arrested

        There are more cited cases. Wow. This obviously is unusual and not at all normal. This same article says a 0.5 or above carries a high possibility of death, but it's hard to imagine someone not passing out far, far, far before that point.

        Sorry for the segue, but this topic interests me. My mom was adopted, but we recently learned a lot about her birth family. Finns, who all died in strange, alcoholism-related accidents.

        •  This is confusing... I don't know grams (1+ / 0-)
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          and mili-liters or whatever... the measure is percentage of alcohol in the blood stream, and the numbers refer to the measured percent... i.e., .08 means your blood content is 8 hundredths of 1% alcohol.  Maybe your Wiki numbers reflect perentage, I have no idea.  

          But I agree with your earlier comment.  .5% is near death if not dead.  I got my DUI on a measurement of .3%, and the doctor could not believe the breath-alyzer and re-measured... same thing.  I was talking to him normally, except very slight slurring of words... and I performed all the dexterity tests successfully.  I'd been drinking all day, I was a stone practicing drunk at the time, and it's true that some alcoholics can consume enormous amounts of alcohol.  E.g., a normal drinker with a .3 measurement would be out cold on the floor.

          Lots of Finns (and Norwegians) in AA, btw.

          Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by ceebee7 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 03:25:48 AM PST

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