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What was John Bonham's BAC?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Yoni, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

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    Jun 10, 2008
    Joliet, not the prison
    Cuz I just had a 20 year old blow a .35 and I'm curious to what his level was as a comparrison.
     
  2. JimmyJam

    JimmyJam Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 5, 2009
    So Cal
    .35? Did that person die?

    I don't know the answer Yoni. I was just shocked to see that level.
     
  3. jbmando

    jbmando Poster Extraordinaire

    I don't know about Bonzo's, but Keith Whitley's was .477.
     
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  5. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
  6. tiktok

    tiktok Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 11, 2005
    Seattle
    And will soon have a "stopping" problem...
     
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  7. Jahmbie

    Jahmbie Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 19, 2008
    College Station, TX
    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!
     
  8. PixelMover

    PixelMover Tele-Holic

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    Oct 21, 2008
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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
     
  9. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

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    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?
     
  10. Capel

    Capel Tele-Holic

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    Nov 29, 2007
    Capel, West Oz
    The kid is obviously a drummer!
     
  11. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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........
     
  12. Tidepoolbay

    Tidepoolbay Friend of Leo's

    Jan 27, 2009
    Franklin New Jersey
    Do not light a match!

    Tidepoolbay
     
  13. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    was the meter that measured his BAC accurate
     
  14. Califiddler

    Califiddler Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2005
    California
    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.
     
  15. raf

    raf Tele-Afflicted

    May 8, 2007
    Indiana
    Don't know the BAC, but let's just say Bonzo was on "full";)
     
  16. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

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    Yes. The kid blew once and it came out to 2. then they reset it and he blew the .35
     
  17. rextasy

    rextasy Tele-Afflicted

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    Oct 5, 2008
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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.
     
  18. Derek S

    Derek S Former Member

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    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?
     
  19. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

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    he blew the .35 twice after he blew the machine out.
     
  20. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    Ohio
    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!!!
     
  21. neocaster

    neocaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2006
    Chester County, PA
    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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