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The above answers are generally correct. If your body is functioning normally, then, yes, you will metabolize about an ounce of consumed alcohol per hour. If you are drinking slowly and have 3 or 4 drinks over a four hour period, your blood alcohol level should remain nearly constant.
The problem occurs when you consume more than your body can eliminate, like from "shots", slamming, chugging, and "your turn to buy" ;-) Under those circumstances, you BAC will continued to rise to measurable levels. Once you stop drinking, your blood alcohol content will continue to rise until all of those last "one for the road" shots in your stomach begin to break down (usually rising for another hour or so).
At this point, variables such as your weight and metabolism take over to clean the remaining alcohol content from you system. After 4 to 6 hours, a normal night of drinking will be filtered. If you had a "binge", it might take longer to recover, but certainly no more than the next day. (talking here about measurable alcohol, not "hangover" physical effects!)
It would depend on the functioning of your liver. If you have a healthy liver and the body systems that support it are all functioning properly, than 24 hours should be sufficient time for the liver to detoxify your system of the alcohol.