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Old March 17th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What was John Bonham's BAC?

Cuz I just had a 20 year old blow a .35 and I'm curious to what his level was as a comparrison.

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Old March 17th, 2009, 04:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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.35? Did that person die?

I don't know the answer Yoni. I was just shocked to see that level.
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Old March 17th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know about Bonzo's, but Keith Whitley's was .477.
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.35? Did that person die?

I don't know the answer Yoni. I was just shocked to see that level.
No, and for a 20 year old to not only be alive at that level but also alert and able to argue and comprehend what is happening. Pretty much means this kid has a drinking problem.
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Old March 17th, 2009, 04:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pretty much means this kid has a drinking problem.
And will soon have a "stopping" problem...
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Old March 17th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is estimated that Bonham drank about 40 shots of vodka in the 24 hours preceding his death. Conservatively speaking, that could put his BAC about .299 - .331 depending on his weight (220-250 lbs.)

That kid is very lucky to be alive and not have his stomach pumped. Also, the test may have registered a bit high, but still that BAC indicates a real serious problem!
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Old March 17th, 2009, 05:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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According to this BBC article Steve Clark of Def Leppard:

"Steve continued to drink heavily. He was found one night unconscious in the streets of Minneapolis. His blood alcohol level was .59 - double the amount that killed Led Zepplin's John Bonham. Luckily, he escaped death on this occasion."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A8757381
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Old March 17th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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According to this BBC article Steve Clark of Def Leppard:

"Steve continued to drink heavily. He was found one night unconscious in the streets of Minneapolis. His blood alcohol level was .59 - double the amount that killed Led Zepplin's John Bonham. Luckily, he escaped death on this occasion."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A8757381
So what you're saying is that this kid at 20 and not a musician at all....would have potential if he picked up a guitar?
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Old March 17th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The kid is obviously a drummer!
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There was an added aspect with John Bonham as well as his alcohol content: When they laid him down to "sleep it off", they laid him down on his stomach, and he aspirated (breathed/choked) on his vomit.

I think Bon Scott's was off the chart.

That kid does have a problem, and he better address it soon, or a mortician will be dressing him soon........
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Old March 17th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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was the meter that measured his BAC accurate
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Old March 17th, 2009, 09:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It is estimated that Bonham drank about 40 shots of vodka in the 24 hours preceding his death. Conservatively speaking, that could put his BAC about .299 - .331 depending on his weight (220-250 lbs.)
I think Bonham was nowhere near 220-250 lbs. IIRC, in the movie "The Song Remains the Same", Plant refers to Bonham as "140 lbs. of glory". Even if Bonham put on some weight in the 7 or so years between the MSG concerts in the movie and his death, or even if Plant was underestimating his weight, I can't imagine that Bonham weighed 220-250 lbs. when he died. He wasn't that big a guy.

So his BAC would have been a lot higher than that stated above, assuming that the calculation was correct, just with a wrong weight.
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Don't know the BAC, but let's just say Bonzo was on "full"
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was the meter that measured his BAC accurate
Yes. The kid blew once and it came out to 2. then they reset it and he blew the .35
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Isn't .40 considered officially lethal? I blew a .24 once, in my stupider days, and that was well after I'd stopped drinking for the night.
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Is that not a drastic swing on the machine from .2 to .35? I don't know anyhting about breathlyzers but the fluctuation of the readings seems to indicate a mechanical malfunction. No?
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Is that not a drastic swing on the machine from .2 to .35? I don't know anyhting about breathlyzers but the fluctuation of the readings seems to indicate a mechanical malfunction. No?
he blew the .35 twice after he blew the machine out.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Chronic alcoholics can easily blow that or higher-- and
it does not match one's expactations of their state of messed-upnessednesses!!

seen a few in a medical setting 4 sho!!!
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Was this man operating any kind of machinery? Sad he doesn't know or care he's offing himself, but I'd hate to see him bring company on his journey.
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