Re: [OT] Beer measurements (was: Re: Handwritten EURO sign)

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Mon Aug 18 2003 - 12:41:24 EDT

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    From: "Ted Hopp" <>
    > On Sunday, August 17, 2003 10:48 PM, Doug Ewell wrote:
    > > Shouldn't a "pint" of beer be administratively fixed at
    > > 500 mL,
          ^^^^ 500 ml (lowercase for the official liter symbol)

    > > just as a "fifth" of liquor in America is now officially
    > > 750 mL?
          ^^^^ 750 ml (idem)

    > > Seems like a good task for an ISO working group.
    > Egads! THAT would be enough to drive a person to
    > drink.
    Do you mean "drunk" here? At least that person should not be
    authorized to drive after 66 cl (or two 33cl bottles), exceeding
    normally the maximum 0.5 g/l of alcoohol in blood, or 0.3 g/l
    of expired air (French levels).
    If one wants to use basic SI units, this means 0.5 kg/m3.

    For a adult person of roughly 80kg (about 5 liters of blood),
    this limit is 2.5 g of pure alcoohol, and with a beer at 6°,
    this limit is roughly 41 g of beer if it was fully assimilated
    (injected directly in the veins), but a normal absorbtion
    is performed at roughly 10% in the instestinal area, going
    to 410 g of beer, or 41 cl (just a little more than a 33 cl
    bottle, this limit being exceeded with just 1 can of 50 cl...)

    So for the police, any one that has just drunk a "pint" or a
    "fifth" of beer is drunk and out of law if driving...

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