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BAC – Guideline to Blood Alcohol Concentration

How Drunk Are You?

Understand the Legal Limits As Well As Your Own

Thinking you know your own limits is not a way to judge if you should drive after drinking, because a breathalyzer, a blood test and the law will have the final say in that matter should you get pulled over and tested. There are defined legal limits that determine, according to Colorado law, how drunk you are. Even if you feel like you’re not drunk, you still may well be over the legal limit to drive. Rather than a DUI, you can receive a DWAI in Colorado (driving while ability impaired) if you have more than a .05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Rather than taking a risk, take some time to understand how many drinks puts you, your friends, or loved ones into the DWAI or DUI categories. If you or someone you know has been charged with either a DUI or DWAI in Colorado, it is advised that you seek out an experienced Boulder DUI Attorney.

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What Influences Your Blood Alcohol Concentration?

Numerous factors influence your BAC

There are numerous factors that have an influence on your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) when you drink. These should be known to all people, and should be taken into account when drinking occurs.

Weight & Size

Your body weight plays a role in how alcohol affects you. The lighter in weight you are, the higher your BAC will become as you drink. The total alcohol concentration is going to be less for larger people because there is more blood overall, which means more alcohol is needed to dilute their blood.

Gender – Male or Female

A female, even with the same weight as a male, will end up with a higher blood alcohol concentration when the same amount of alcohol is consumed. Women need to be more careful when trying to keep up with males when drinking, because though everything else may be equal, their BAC is still going to be higher, which in turn results in them being more inebriated.

Physical Health

Physical condition plays a large role in your BAC, especially how hydrated you are. The average human adult body is made of 60% water. It keeps your body’s organs and systems running smoothly, and if there is a lack of water in your system, it will not be able to effectively process toxins and get them out of your body in a timely manner.

Alcohol is a poison.

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From the moment you ingest it, your body starts processing it and tries to get rid of it. In order to do this, the body needs a lot of water. Without proper hydration, your body has a difficult time processing and expelling the alcohol. Lack of hydration is a common cause of hangovers because it basically means your body is struggling with all the poison you poured into it.

Food Consumption

Consuming food as you drink is important as it absorbs the alcohol when consumed, which gives your body a bit more time to process it. Essentially, it helps dilute the alcohol just as water does. But food can only go so far. You can’t rely on what you ate at lunch to help you at happy hour.

Other Drugs

Medication and drugs consumed with alcohol can have some strange, sometimes nasty (even deadly)effects. It is advised to never mix drugs and alcohol, even if the drugs are prescribed. Prescription drugs are best not consumed with alcohol and directions are usually explicit as they pertain to alcohol if there is deemed any risk at all. It’s well known that consuming certain combinations causes you to become severely inebriated.

Sleep & Rest

Fatigue can play a part in how intoxicated a person may feel after drinking. When you are tired, both physically and mentally, yoru slow down. Things such as metabolism, concentration, heart rate, and reaction time all slow down when you have not had proper rest. Alcohol simply exacerbates the effects of fatigue and lack of sleep. You might imagine an initial kick or boost with the first drink, which in reality is probably your body’s shock to the poison – it’s trying to kick in and process it. You might even imagine that alcohol lifts you up and keeps you going. Though this can be true in some instances where the alcohol numbs your brain to pain or even fatigue, it is a psychosomatic effect that inevitably wears off and leaves you worse off.

Alcohol Content

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Perhaps the most crucial part to how drunk a person will feel while drinking is the actual alcohol content of the drinks that are being consumed. The higher the alcohol content, the more drunk a person will become. Different types of alcohol have different effects to be aware of as well. Such as the difference between Absinthe and Red Wine.

Moderation, Common Sense, and Safety First

These charts should be used as an overall guide to determine what your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) might be, depending on your gender and weight. But it more important to focus for a moment, and try to take note of how inebriated you feel. This should be your true compass, and if you’re seeing double, slurring words, having trouble standing or walking, while at the same time saying you’re good to drive, then your compass is extremely off.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI in Boulder, Colorado, contact a Boulder DUI Attorney immediately to defend your case. The Clark Law Firm has the specific knowledge and experience needed to help represent you and resolve your issues.

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