Drunk the Next Day, Part 1

By: Meredith Stancik
By: Meredith Stancik

It's a typical week night for college students Lance, Aly, Cory and Erin. They get out of class and go to the bar to unwind, and they're not alone. With a multitude of bars and clubs around College Station and Bryan, college students have no trouble finding a place to party.

In Northgate, college students and young adults go out to socialize and drink. Many have designated drivers that night, but what about the next morning? Some drink so much they need a designated driver to drive them to work or even school. That's what we wanted to find out. Can you be a danger to other drivers the next day?

"One time I went to class and the girl next to me basically said, ‘you're still drunk,’ and I put my head down, because I was," Aly said.

All four agree they've felt drunk the day after drinking, but are they? We asked the four partiers, all over 21, to join our study. They agreed to let us videotape them drinking, test their blood alcohol concentration at the end of the night, and the next morning.

We caught up with them at a typical house party and kept up with how much they drank. We watched them play cards and drink, and play guitar and drink. We didn't encourage them to drink any more than they normally would. Within minutes they forgot the cameras were rolling.

"The moment I noticed I was drunk was when I tried to rewind live TV," Lance said. "I realized I was maybe impaired at that point and the next morning when I couldn't remember spots I knew I drank a little more than I should have."

After three hours of continuous partying, it was time to test their blood alcohol concentration.

For that, we enlisted the help of Kyle McNew. He's with training with the Texas Engineering Extension Service, known as TEEX.

"A lot of factors come into play depends on the sex of the person, as well as the size of the person, the body weight the muscle mass versus fatty tissue, things like that," McNew said. "A lot of variables come into play."

During the three hours of drinking Lance had three whiskey and cokes, plus three extra shots. Cory had one whiskey and coke and four shots of vodka. Erin had two mixed drinks and two extra shots, and Aly had two beers and three shots.

When a person's Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, is higher than .08 that person is legally intoxicated in the state of Texas.

Lance registered .214 almost three times the legal limit, Erin blew a .205, Cory a .183 and Aly .142.

"I've never thought about the numbers you know I've just thought I'm drunk," Erin said. "But that's it. It's ok I'm not driving, but the number was kind of high."

"I knew I was definitely drunk so it didn't surprise me," Cory said.

"Made me step back and say I'm already having enough fun," Aly said.

"It was very high, it's a lot higher than pretty much anyone should drink." Lance said. "But you kept on drinking?" "Yeah it's hard to stop especially when your having fun."

In our study no one got behind the wheel, we drove them home and made them stay in their apartments. Each person stopped drinking around 11 o'clock that night, and we woke them up at 8 the next morning.

For an average male it takes about an hour to get rid of about 2/3 of a beer, for a female about 1/2 of a drink would be gone.

So will there be enough time from when they stopped drinking to when we wake them up the next morning? Wednesday night we'll continue our story and share our final results.

Part two of Drunk the Next Day will air Wednesday night on News Three at 6.


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