If you drink, you know that you should not drive. You’re aware that the legal limit is a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, but do you know how just a small amount of alcohol could impact you? It’s possible that you could be charged for a DUI even if you’re under that limit.
So, how does your blood alcohol concentration affect you? There is a general breakdown that can help you understand the changes that your body may go through at different BAC levels. However, keep in mind that there are variations because your sex, body weight, body fat percentage and other factors may influence how you feel when drinking.
.02% to .039%
Well below the legal limit, if you’re within this range, you wouldn’t expect to face a DUI (but you could). Some of the common symptoms of impairment include slight euphoria and relaxation.
.04 to .059%
At this stage, you start to have lowered inhibitions and some minor memory and judgement impairment.
.06 to .099%
This range is where many people begin to see real effects from drinking and can easily be accused of driving while impaired. Someone with this level of alcohol in their blood may have:
- Reduced judgment
- Reduced self-control
- Impaired memory
- Impaired reasoning
- Impaired vision, speech and balance
- Poor reaction times
- Impaired hearing
The legal limit is .08%, so within this range, it would be reasonable for an officer to arrest someone if they’re driving dangerously.
Any BAC above 1% significantly impairs a person’s motor coordination. Their judgment will be poor and they may have little control over their faculties. At .16% or higher, it’s common to see nausea, vomiting, and blackouts. At .25% or higher, there is a great risk of alcohol poisoning, unconsciousness, coma or death.
It’s possible to face a DUI at any of these percentage points depending on how you’re acting and if you appear to be impaired. There are many factors that could influence a case, so it’s important to take steps to defend yourself as soon as possible. A good defense could help you avoid a DUI conviction.