Alcohol In Nigeria: How Long Does Alcohol Stay In Your System?

How long does alcohol stay in your system? According to report, beer consumption in Africa is estimated to grow by a five percent (5%) annual growth rate (AGR) between 2015 and 2020.

The figure is the highest growth rate across all continents in the world. However, with an average beer consumption of 12.28 litres per year, Nigeria leads the top 10 biggest beer drinking countries in Africa.

This is by virtue of her population, which technically translates to higher volume and litres consumed per year.

This trend also saw a rise in the alcoholic brand such Action Bitter, Aloma Bitters, Origin Zero and Origin, Star Herbal, Life, Star beer, and many other brands.

At present, there are more than eight (8) functional breweries in Nigeria with a cumulative production capacity of over 17.72 million hl/a majority. And the majority of these breweries are situated in Southern part of Nigeria.

Alcohol drinker

Alcohol consumption is also widely considered as part of social activities in Nigeria and most consumers seldom drink alone.

Recently, there is a rapid shift in the social context of drinking, with a large proportion of regular drinkers favouring outdoor-open space drinking, such as football viewing centres, motor-parks, by the road sides, hotels, beer parlour, and the majority of which are unlicensed premises for drinking.

With much been said about alcohol in Nigeria, one may ask; how long does alcohol stay in your system?

This is another tough question that doesn’t have a single set answer for everyone. On average, you are probably able to metabolize about half-a-drink per hour. But the speed at which you break down alcohol depends on a whole lot of things.

First of all, how big are you? What is your age? What is your metabolism and general health like? How much food did you have in your stomach to soak up the alcohol so that it didn’t get absorbed into your bloodstream?

What kinds of drinks did you have and what was their alcohol content? Did your drinks have little umbrellas in them?

Keep in mind that even if your body can clear alcohol from your bloodstream at an average rate of 0.015 per hour, a breathalyzer or blood test can still detect alcohol for up to 12 hours, a urine test for up to 3 to 5 days, and a hair test for up to 90 days.

If you are going to drive, do presentation or do anything that requires good concentration and coordination, the best thing to do is not drink at all.  Try as much as you can to stay away from taking alcohol in order to avoid intoxication.

Man drinking alcohol
Man drinking alcohol

Even if it means, heaven forbid, revealing your real sober personality at a party or on a date, it is not worth the risk to try to time your personal alcohol clearance exactly. Anything can happen at any time……….

In summary, the rate that alcohol can stay in your system depends on a variety of factors as mentioned above. But the bottom line is safety and moderation. Keep your consumption to a few drinks per week, and avoid binge drinking.

Also, if you drink please don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink.

How long does alcohol stay in your system?

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