Calculating the BAC of a half pint of whiskey.

At a San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, actress Halle Berry proved she was more than equipped to play an highly skilled badass in the upcoming spy flick Kingsman: The Golden Circle. While she didn’t pull out any of the crazy Gun-Fu that her fellow agents show off in the new trailer, Berry pulled off something much more impressive: chugging a half-pint of bourbon in approximately five seconds.

Proving that she is a clearly a person you don’t say I bet she won’t do it to, Berry casually downed her drink after the crowd start to chant “chug.” One sniff and a big breath later, she downed it all. One question remains: Is she iron-livering her way though Comic-Con now, or is she peacefully passed out in her hotel room?

Our scientific speculation includes data of both the speculative and definitive varieties. We know that bourbon, the American form of whiskey, has to be distilled to no more than 160 proof and enter the barrel at 125 proof. If we presume that Berry was given a half-decent bourbon like Maker’s Mark, then she likely consumed bourbon that was 110 proof, or about 55 percent alcohol.

A standard drink in the United States comprises 14 grams of pure alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1.5 fluid ounces of a distilled spirit, like bourbon, counts as one standard drink. Berry drank a half pint, which is eight fluid ounces. In other words, she consumed 7.3 standard drinks in one go.

How drunk would that probably make her? If we go by blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the answer is: pretty damn drunk. BAC is a measure of the percentage of alcohol in the blood: for example, 0.1 percent BAC is equivalent to one part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood. Factors that go into calculating a BAC are a person’s gender, weight, height, number of drinks, and how long they have been drinking.

If we are to believe Healthyceleb.com, Berry is approximately 121 pounds and 5’5”. That means, after 7.3 drinks consumed in far less than an hour, she could have a BAC between 0.26 and 0.30 percent. Other factors, of course, would have to be taken into consideration to definitively say whether this was Berry’s actual BAC, but the data suggest that if a person of that size and stature did drink that much booze in that sitting, it would be a dangerous amount to consume. A BAC between 0.03 and 0.2 is what is normally considered to be enough to give someone a buzz.

Hopefully Berry’s big drink, while visually impressive, doesn’t actually get her that boozed up. If so, someone may want to be bringing this action star some pints of water tomorrow.

Wow Halle can really chug.
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