If I Have 3 Margarita Drinks, How Long Do I Have To Wait Before I Can Pass An Alcohol Breath Test?


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Yo Kass answered
How long you'll have to wait before getting behind the wheel after three margaritas depends on the following variables:
  • The drink-drive limit in your local area
  • The recipe used to make the margaritas you were enjoying
  • Your metabolism
Because the factors involved would be rather difficult to work out, I'd suggest that you not drive until the next morning to be on the safe side.

How long it takes alcohol to get out of your system In the UK, the amount of alcohol you are allowed to have in your bloodstream is 80 mg of alcohol for every 100 ml of blood. Unfortunately, working out how long it will take for a measurement of alcohol to be processed by your system is an inaccurate science. This is because each of our bodies breaks down alcohol at a different rate.

Primary factors that can have an influence on alcohol metabolism are:
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Food
  • Hormones
  • Medication
To read more about alcohol metabolism, why not check out this page.

Passing a breathalyser test The basic way that breathalysers work is that, as alcohol is being broken down in your system, the by-products (such as ethanol) infiltrate various parts of the body including the kidney, liver and the lungs. It is the presence of alcohol in the lungs that triggers a negative result in breathalyser tests.

To pass a breathalyser test, the best thing to do is try and assist your body in breaking down the alcohol as quickly as possible.

Whilst there are a number of ways that you can fool a breathalyser test, they usually involve making the machine think you have a higher blood alcohol level than you actually do.

Myths that have been proven inaccurate in creating a lower reading include:
  • Using breath mints
  • Mouthwash
  • Eating onion
  • Concealing a battery or coin in your mouth
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Mark Westbrook answered
In this case, I would wait at least until the following morning, this is a lot of alcohol and very potent. I am a big Margarita drinker and I wouldn't go anywhere near my car after one, until at least nine the following morning.

Many people get into accidents because they are still hung over from the night before and if they aren't hung over, then the alcohol is still affecting their judgement because it is still in their blood stream. Many drivers get caught by the police this way.

Of course it depends on the number of units in each Margarita. I was told, that you should stay away from your car, or avoid a breath test for one hour for each unit of alcohol drunk. Tequila has one unit in it for a single shot. Take your base line from that. However, cocktails tend to have multiple shots or oversized shots, so take that into account.

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