Argentinian Man Sets New World Record For Drunk Driving

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He had enough alcohol in his system to put 12 people in a coma.

When it comes to records, people generally like to keep them positive. Not so in Argentina, where a man recently set the world record for being the drunkest person ever caught while driving under the influence. More on that in a second, but first, some positive world records.

Porsche set the fastest lap for a naturally aspirated car around the Nurburgring this year with the all-new 911 GT3 RS. On a non-motoring related note, George Scholey from the UK set a new world record for solving 500 Rubik's Cubes in 40 minutes. While on a skateboard.

These are positive examples and the kind we encourage our readers to go after.

But Argentina Man (he has yet to be named as he hasn't appeared in court yet) went all in on drunk driving. When the Argentinian police measured his blood alcohol level, it was 5.5 grams. The previous record was set by a Spanish man in 2016, who recorded a 4.75.


Now, we know many of you will not be familiar with blood alcohol levels (BAC), so here's the abridged version. A BAC is how many grams of alcohol there are per liter of blood in your body. That alone is not enough to explain how high 4.75 grams is, so let's look at US laws and some incoming legislation.

Not all states are the same, but generally, here at home, you're legally over the limit if your BAC is 0.08 grams. That means Argentina Man was 69 times over the US legal limit. He had enough alcohol in his system to render nearly 70 people unfit to drive.

We can take it even further, so we shall. Here in the USA, you make the local news for a DUI. The most recent case we could find was one involving Florida Man. He was pulled over by the police and found to have a BAC of 0.272. For that kind of DUI, you're looking at about a year's worth of informal probation at best. Expect to be sent to jail for 90 days if you're a repeat offender.


But wait, there's more. As you might know, you can drink yourself into an ethylic coma. Not black-out drunk. As in drunk enough to actually die.

The BAC needed to die is between 0.35 to 0.45, depending on the person. Some people have a much higher tolerance, but those are the generally accepted guidelines. That means Argentina Man had enough booze in his system to kill 12 experienced drinkers. As you can imagine, the Argentinian police and medical professionals are stumped.

Thankfully, Argentina Man's time behind the wheel was short. According to the police, he went no more than a few yards before crashing into a pole.

The report does not mention the car involved, but we have another interesting fact for you. The car with the most DUIs in the USA is the RAM 2500 at 4.95%, followed by the Subaru WRX at 4.1%. Everything else is under the 4% figure.


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