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  • Understanding Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

    September 23, 2016 | Blog
  • bac-laws-utah-lawyerArrests and convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) — even when no one is hurt — can be costly, time-consuming and life-changing. It’s important for you to know when you’ve reached the legal intoxication limit even when you don’t feel drunk. And it can be even more important if you are a woman because you can often reach those limits faster than your male counterparts. Its also important for you to understand that it takes on average, twice as long to sober up as it does to get drunk. Our burn-off rate is about ½ of our rate of absorption.

    Keep reading to find out more about alcohol consumption, including how it can leave women at a higher risk for DUI and DWI arrests.

    What is BAC?

    BAC stands for blood alcohol concentration, and it refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. It’s measured as the weight of alcohol per unit of volume of blood. For example, 0.08 percent BAC indicates 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood.

    What is the legal limit allowed while driving?

    Every state now recognizes a BAC at or above 0.08 percent as a crime for those behind the wheel. DUI and DWI penalties, sentences and fees differ from state to state.

    What does the BAC percentage mean?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, when you have a 0.08 percent BAC, you have reduced muscle coordination. You can also experience short-term memory loss and lack of concentration, among other effects.

    How can alcohol affect women differently?

    There are many reasons why alcohol affects women differently than men, even if a man and woman are the exact same height and weight. These factors include metabolism rates, hormones and a reduced amount of the stomach enzyme known as alcohol dehydrogenase.