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I need a formula to answer a question such as this:
If a 7 feet 300 lb man can have 24 beers before becoming intoxicated, how many beers can a 5 feet 100 lb man consume before becoming intoxicated.

Or direct me to a site where I might have this answered.

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Josehf Murchison (author)2013-08-28

Depends on what you call intoxicated

You missed time factor and blood alchol.

A 5 foot 100 lb man can drink 24 beers and not become intoxicated also at 1 beer a day.

Sovereignty (author)2013-08-20

I appreciate the reply, but this is for fantasy; a Leisure Suit Larry type video game.
If a 7 feet 300lb Zubian can have 24 Knarg cakes before he pukes, how many Knarg cakes can a 5 feet 100 lb Zubian eat before it pukes.

...is what I should've said.
What other variables or constants might I need?

kelseymh (author)2013-08-20

Well, if you're building your own physics/physiology, then you can do it as you wish. Volume scales approximately with length^3, so your 300 lb seven-footer is either about 10% overweight, or your five-foot 100 lb'er is a bt skinny (the volume ratios would be (7/5)^3 = 2.74, i.e. 274:100 or 300:109).

It's reasonable assume that blood volume scale with overall body volume, so you could do your intoxication based on the cube of height ratios (so the five-footer could eat 24/2.74 = 8.76). You could also do it purely by mass, if you want your users to be able to figure out the math easily.

Sovereignty (author)2013-08-20

The player will not see the maths. The values, I threw in haphazardly. Thank you for both the lesson in math and pulling teeth.

Seriously though, that's precisely what I was looking for. Thank you for your time.

Are the Knarg cakes frosted or are they vegan?

Sovereignty (author)2013-08-20

I appreciate the Bump. Thanks.

kelseymh (author)2013-08-20

Intoxication scales approximate with alcohol concentration in the blood. It doesn't scale directly with either mass or with height. You don't have enough information in your pseudo-math problem to construct a realistic calculation.

A good start to finding a proper answer to your question would be scholar.google.com, and search for peer-reviewed papers on "alcohol intoxication".