How much are 2 pints of beer?

In this article, we will answer the question “How much are 2 pints of beer?”, and how to speed up alcohol metabolism.

How much are 2 pints of beer?

Two pints of beer comes out to be a little more than 2.5 drinks.

How many pints of beer before you are over the limit?

Your liver digests the alcohol at a rate of around 1 pint per hour for men. This rate is influenced by many factors such as age, weight, gender, and amount of food eaten. You can’t speed up the alcohol breakdown by sleeping, drinking water, or sucking a penny. About 10% of the alcohol is released through body fluids such as urine, sweat, and breath.

For men

According to statistics, an average UK male is 5ft 9in tall (175cm) and weighs 13 stone (83kg). A pint of beer (3.6%) equals 19.8ml of alcohol. 

How many pints?Breath Reading (one hour after drinking)Under/Over
1 pint consumed within 30 minutes 6 micrograms Under the limit 
2 pints consumed within one hour13Under the limit 
3 pints consumed within two hours19Under the limit 
4 pints consumed within three hours26Under the limit 
5 pints consumed within four hours 32Under the limit 

The results may not be what you expected. This is because alcohol does not take long to metabolize. We can deduce from the results that if you consume five pints of beer within 4 hours, the first 2 pints will have been completely metabolized by the time you get to your 5th pint. Your blood alcohol will be ugh higher if you drink pints too quickly. 

How long does alcohol stay in your system?

Alcohol detection times vary with the body system and the test used. So, the results are not absolute. These tests can be used by the Police to measure alcohol in your breath. The following table shows some standard rules of alcohol elimination. 

Body system Time in system 
Blood Up to 6 hours 
Breath 12-24 hours 
Urine 12-24 hours 
Saliva (not used by police)12-24 hours 
Hair (not used by police)Up to 90 days 

How to speed up alcohol metabolism?

Eat probiotic foods

Probiotics strengthen the gut bacteria and help detoxify your body. Most commonly consumed probiotic foods include high-quality yogurt, pickled foods, miso, tempeh, and pickled vegetables like ginger or seaweed, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha tea, and kimchi. 

Moreover, studies have shown that probiotics also reduce oxidative damage and gastric stress from the alcohol caused by alcohol. 

Drink green tea 

Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants, called epigallocatechin. These antioxidants protect the liver against the oxidative stress caused by alcohol while also accelerating the release of alcoholic compounds from your body.

Steep a large dose (300-500mg) of caffeinated green tea. The caffeine in green tea helps ease the hangover by reducing pain and fatigue. 

Pound water with citrus-avoid artificially sweetened beverages

The metabolism of alcohol results in severe dehydration. Therefore, you should drink loads of water after drinking. Dehydration not only deprives your cells of water but also of electrolytes. 

Squeeze a fresh lemon or lime in your water as the citrus juice contains minerals and bioflavonoids, like hesperidin that promote the release of toxins and alcoholic compounds from your bloodstream. 

To restore the water and mineral levels in your blood, take at least 0.6 to 0.7 ounces of water per pound of body weight. Steer clear of drinking any artificially flavored and sweetened beverages as they can interfere with alcohol detoxification. 

Eat asparagus, green veggies, and fruit 

Asparagus and other sulfur-containing veggies contain compounds that facilitate liver metabolism. Studies have shown that asparagus offers nutrients that enhance the enzyme function, thus easing the hangover.

Fruits are packed with antioxidants and boast a low glycemic index that prevents them from elevating blood sugar levels. 

Research has shown that consuming a large dose of fructose (roughly 100 grams can help speed up alcohol metabolism. This means you will have to eat 6 to 8 apples after a hangover to suppress the effects of a hangover and this is not feasible.

The bottom line: Eat high protein, nutrient-dense, and low glycemic index fruits and veggies. These include asparagus, broccoli, chard, cauliflower, collards, berries, kiwi, and mango.

Train hard

Exercise elevates breathing rate, increases oxygen levels in the blood, and makes you sweat. All of these factors play an important role in increasing the rate of alcohol metabolism. 

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In this article, we answered the question “How much are 2 pints of beer?”, and how to speed up alcohol metabolism. 


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.