Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a one standard drink?

Ans: One standard drink is the amount of beverage that contains in it 12.7 ml of absolute alcohol ABV as measure at 20°C.

Reference - Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages Standards) Regulations, 2016-part 5 Specific Labelling Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages 5.2

What does BAC stand for?

Ans: BAC Stands for Blood Alcohol Concentration.

BAC : Amount of ethanol in a given amount of blood (w/v) mg/ml

What is the limit of BAC in India?

Ans: In India, the permissible limit is < 30 mg alcohol/ 100ml of Blood Sample.
• 0.3% w/v or 30 mg/100 ml or 0.3 mg/ml or 30 µl/100 ml of blood
• Equivalent to 13 µg/100 ml of breath or 40 mg /100 ml of urine

Ready ref., Theoretically an average male (65kg with 5L blood vol.) can stay with in the legal limit with
1 Bottle of beer (5%ABV) (~400ml) or 01 Peg Whisky (~45ml) or 01 Glass of wine 12% ABV (150ml)

How many Standard drinks can your body process in one hour?

Ans: Only One standard drink

What is the percentage of Alcohol in your Drink?

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Why should we not mix alcohol and driving?

Ans: Alcohol has a negative effect on coordination, perception, and judgment.

What is legal drink age in your state/UT?

18 Years   Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Ladakh, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana
21 Years   Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal
23 Years   Kerala
25 Years   Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Haryana, Punjab
21 Years (Beer) & 25 Years (Other)   Maharashtra

Why not to drink on empty stomach?

Ans:Drinking on an empty stomach can be hazardous to our mind and body, since much of the alcohol passes from the stomach to the small intestine, where most of it is absorbed into the bloodstream. In turn, this intensifies the short-term effects of drinking i.e., it tinkers with the ability to think and coordinate body movements. Eating Healthy Protein food before drinking is a great way to stop the effects of drinking and also possibly help people drink responsibly.

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