If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you can face serious consequences for driving under the influence. Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels determine the percentage of alcohol in someone’s blood.
BAC levels are used to prevent individuals from driving when they have more alcohol in their system than their body can usually process per hour. However, it’s important to recognize that your BAC level isn’t only influenced by the amount of alcohol that you’ve had. There are a variety of other factors that can influence this number.
Factors that can Impact BAC Levels
While it’s important to keep in mind the number of drinks that you have had before you decide whether or not you can legally drive, it’s also important to bear in mind the other factors that can impact your BAC number. Here are some of the most common factors that can have an effect on your BAC level.
1. How much you weigh
The higher your weight, the more water your body has and therefore the more that it can help to dilute the alcohol you consume. Therefore someone who weighs less will be more impacted by having a couple of drinks than someone of a higher weight – even though they may drink the exact same thing.
2. Your gender
It’s no secret that men and women have different body composites. The percentage of one’s muscle and body fat can impact their BAC level. Additionally, women naturally have less of an enzyme in their bodies that breaks down alcohol in the stomach. Therefore a man can have a lower BAC than a woman who drinks the same thing – even if they weigh the same.
3. How much you’ve had to eat
If you’ve ever heard that you shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach, there’s a real reason. Food can help to slow down how much alcohol your body absorbs through your bloodstream. Therefore, when you drink on an empty stomach your BAC can be higher.
4. The medications that you’re currently taking
Certain medications can impact a variety of things – not just those they are prescribed to treat. In fact, research has shown that certain medications, such as antidepressants and cough medication can impact how your body reacts to alcohol and therefore can impact your BAC.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you should be sure to take it seriously. Such a conviction can have tremendous life-long effects on you. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable San Bernardino criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Ronald L. Freeman, we will fight to have your DUI charges reduced or dropped. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!