Some of the most common questions that are posed to our attorney are “How many drinks does it take to become legally drunk?” or “How many drinks can I have before I blow over a .08?”
These are the wrong question to ask because it assumes that there are a fixed number of drinks that are acceptable before you get behind the wheel. That is certainly not the case. There are a plethora of variables that can alter your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). For example, if you take medication, one drink could put you into the “DUI” category. For some people with low tolerances, it often takes very little alcohol to become legally drunk and certain physical characteristics such as weight, gender and body fat percentage can all be factors in the equation. Your Food Consumption can also affect your BAC – you are more likely to have an increased BAC if you do not eat. So, practically, if you’re wondering how many drinks you can have before driving, the best answer is ‘None.’ Legally, in all states you should not be operating a motor vehicle with a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In other words, whether or not you consider yourself “drunk,” the law considers you to be a Per Se offender if your BAC is above .08%.
This Drink and Weight schedule is provided for your information and reference only. Each individual has a different weight, body type and tolerance and it should not be relied upon to determine whether you are capable of operating a motor vehicle. Always keep in mind that there are a number of variables that can influence whether you are legally qualified to drive.
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