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進階影片跟讀#13: Strong drinks could stay in your system for up to 24 hours: physicians

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The year-end banquet season has begun. Most drivers know not take the wheel after having a drink. But what many don't know is that alcohol-impaired driving could extend to the following day. According to the Taipei City Police Department, many drivers are still under the effects of alcohol the morning after a big night out. Doctors say that the liver can take up to a full day to completely metabolize a round of strong drinks.


Most drivers know better than to take the wheel right after drinking alcohol. But most don't know that the effects of alcohol can linger into the following day. Taipei police say that recently there's been a 25 percent increase in DUI cases from the morning after.


The Transportation Ministry and the Taiwan Beverage Alcohol Forum have produced a video with some surprising facts about drunk driving. In it, a physician says alcohol takes much longer to metabolize than many people think.


Kuo Tung-en
After alcohol is consumed, it is mainly metabolized by the liver. This process actually requires a considerable amount of time. A can of beer has about 5 percent alcohol by volume, and if you do the calculations, that amount of alcohol will require 1 to 2 hours to metabolize.

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Whether the alcohol content is high or low, all drinks start to be processed in the body within 5 to 10 minutes. Doctors advise resting for at least 12 hours after drinks of up to 30 percent alcohol by volume. Drink anything stronger, and your body may need upward of 24 hours to shake it off.


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