Want to get buzzed? Drink alcohol. Want to be healthier? Don’t drink alcohol. That’s a pretty cut and dry explanation about “The Benefits of Alcohol.”
The cop job recently sent me to a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) device operator school. The first portion of the class was about alcohol and how it is metabolized in the body. Part two was about how to use the device properly to get an accurate reading of a person's blood alcohol content.
I thought it might be a good idea to educate people a little about alcohol, since we are pretty liberal about alcohol consumption at One World.
The alcohol that is consumed by humans is ethyl alcohol. To determine being legally drunk, alcohol is measured using a term called “blood alcohol content” (BAC). It is impossible to say that there is a clearly defined amount of alcohol that can be consumed that will always have the same affect on all humans. The affects of alcohol can vary based on gender, body composition, age, and previous alcohol drinking experience. Alcohol goes straight to the blood stream and affects the the entire human body. Some alcohol escapes through oxidation via the lungs and urine. Most alcohol is metabolized in the liver. Want to wreck your liver? Drink more...
Basically, if you are a lean person, you will get buzzed quickly. If you are fairly fit and lean, you will likely metabolize the alcohol quickly too, thus getting sober sooner. Heavier folks tend to take a bit longer to get drunk, and metabolize the alcohol at a slower pace. Apparently it is good to be fat if you like to be drunk.
A general rule is to think that one drink (one beer, one 5 oz glass of wine, 1.5 oz of 80 proof alcohol) will cause your BAC to read .02 to .035. It generally takes an hour to get .02 back to .00.
- Always think about how much alcohol you have drank before you get behind the wheel of a car. Even one drink can impair your ability to function, especially if you don’t drink very often.
I can't stand in front of any of you and tell you not to drink alcohol due to the simple fact that I like to drink beer and wine. Educate yourself on what alcohol consumption does to your body. You are all adults capable of making your own decision.
I want to take your alcohol education one step farther.... I decided to do a series of videos called "The Alcohol Chronicles", which are simply a spoof on “The Zone Chronicles” that you see on www.crossfit.com. I was trying my best to imitate Pat Sherwood, the man behind The Zone Chronicles. Pat is a cool cat.
Back squat 75% of 1 rep max 5/5/5/5
Press 75% of 1 rep max 3/3/3/3
Run 400m/40 kettlebell swings (M:54#/W:35#)/40 box jumps (M:24"/W:20")/Row 500m
Workout Tips: This is the first time you are seeing percentages in the strength training program. We are on a six week cycle. The percentages are important. These initial lighter loads may seem easy to you, and you will want to do more. STICK TO THE PERCENTAGES! This is strength training. Trust me. Based on the amount of people in a session, the conditioning workout can go in any order as long as all four movements are completed.