The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) released an updated version of its Virtual Bar app and website in April, which allows users to explore different factors that affect their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The newest version of the Virtual Bar demonstrates how popular foods affect an individual’s BAC.The update coincides with Alcohol Responsibility Month.
“The Virtual Bar is a useful tool that shows how factors like height, weight, age and food consumption impact blood alcohol concentration,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of Responsibility.org. “Our latest technology, backed by research, shows that eating before drinking alcohol is an essential component of being a responsible drinker. Our updated app helps users to understand how different foods affect their BAC.”
In April of 2015, Responsibility.org released the Virtual Bar to educate people about the factors that impact their BAC. The app allows users to input their stats, and the Virtual Bar uses a complex algorithm to estimate the individual’s BAC. With the latest update, users can now compare how a double cheeseburger with fries will affect their BACs compared to a beef burrito with chips. The app also allows users to compare Chinese food items and pizza.
“Food can have a profound impact on an individual’s BAC,” said Dary Fiorentino of DF Consulting and Alliant International University, creator of the Virtual Bar algorithm. “This new and advanced model is another way to help promote responsible drinking decisions, especially as people explore how foods they are likely to consume when out drinking effect alcohol absorption and thus their peak BAC level.”
Responsibility.org maintains that the Virtual Bar is solely an estimation for education purposes and should not take the place of someone’s responsible decisions when it comes to drinking alcohol, or about whether it is safe to drive. www.responsibility.org/virtualbar.