Someone is considered to be intoxicated when their physical and mental capacities are noticeably impaired. While there is no uniform way that alcohol impairs a person, in the United States, a BAC of 0.08% or above is considered illegal. This means a person may not feel drunk or have visible signs of impairment, but could still be arrested for having a BAC over the legal limit.
How do I how alcohol will affect me?
BAC is not related to alcohol tolerance. While someone may think that they don't have a high blood alcohol content since they feel in control of their body and their alcohol consumption, it does not mean their BAC is below the legal limit. Conversely, someone with a low tolerance for alcohol may experience impaired bodily symptoms well before reaching the legal BAC limit. While there is no way of telling how someone will react to drinking alcohol, there are certain factors that can have a crucial role in intoxication.
For most people, their intoxication is affected by:
- The amount and type of food consumed
- Strength of the alcoholic beverages
- Body weight and size
- Rate of alcohol consumption
- Underlying illness
- Fatigue and mood
- Alcohol expectancy
Since there are numerous interplaying factors that can affect a person's intoxication, it is important to play it safe when consuming alcohol. Even further, it is important to realize that just because one night you were fine after a certain amount of drinks does not mean that your body will react the same way on a different night.
Anytime that someone is making plans to go out drinking, it is imperative that they hire the services of a cab company or employ a designated driver. There is no telling how you will be affected by alcohol consumption, so make sure that you do everything you can to prepare for your night out.
If you or a loved one got arrested for driving under the influence, you must act quickly to retain the services of a DUI defense attorney at Thomas & Paulk, P.A.