Setting personal limits on BAL is a good way of forming a healthy relationship with alcohol, if you choose to drink. This will help you avoid legal problems or injuries to yourself or others.
Your Personal BAL and Tolerance
You can get a very rough estimate of your BAL after drinking based on your gender and weight, how fast you have been drinking, and whether or not you have eaten recently. Other factors, including tolerance, will determine your BAL.
Tolerance may seem like a desirable quality. But it has negative effects as well. First of all, you may spend more on alcohol. Estimates indicate that college students spend more than $5.5 billion a year on alcohol. That's more than they spend on soft drinks, milk, juice, tea, coffee, and textbooks combined. If this sounds implausible, track your alcohol purchases for just one month and see.
Tolerance can also lead to organ strain and the development of long-term health problems because of high levels of toxins in the body for extended periods. Men who drink heavily over time can also experience a reduced sex drive.
People with tolerance to alcohol can appear to drink a lot and not be affected. They might be asked to drive, yet have impaired judgment and motor coordination, leading all too often to tragic results.
Tolerance can be reversed after brief periods of abstinence or even by reducing the amount you drink regularly. You may also experience a reduction in tolerance if you move back home between semesters or for the summer.