While most people are aware that the legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08 (.07 for DWI cases), not everyone knows how easily their BAC can reach that level. In order to drink responsibly and avoid being arrested for a DUI, it is important to understand how the number of drinks you have in a night can affect your overall blood alcohol content. Read on to find out more.
In Maryland, you can be arrested for a DWI if your blood alcohol content is at .07 and for a DUI if your blood alcohol content is at .08 or above. While it may seem as though it takes many drinks to get your BAC up to such a high level, that really depends on the exact circumstances. There are a number of factors that come into play when determining your BAC, mainly your size, the number of drinks you consume, and the types of drinks you consume.
-Beer typically has an alcohol content of around 4 percent; a 12 ounce beer would count as a single drink.
-Wine typically has an alcohol content of around 11 percent; a 4 ounce glass of wine counts as one drink.
-Liquor typically has an alcohol content of 30 to 50 percent; a 1-1.5 ounce shot of liquor counts as one drink.
Whatever type of alcohol you consume, it is important to note what amounts constitute a single drink. A single drink is generally not enough to elevate anyone’s blood alcohol content past the legal limit, but for lighter people, it does not take much more to dramatically increase their BAC. A person who weighs 100 pounds, for instance, is nearly at a .08 BAC after their second drink of the night. On the other hand, a person who weighs twice that amount will not be at that same level of intoxication until after their fourth drink of the night. Bear in mind your weight and the number of drinks you consume throughout the night in order to prevent yourself from exceeding the legal limit.
The timing of your drinks can also play a role in determining your blood alcohol content. The longer you wait between drinks, the more your BAC decreases. Your best bet to avoid being arrested for a DUI is by consuming your drinks slowly throughout the night and restricting the number of drinks you have relative to your body weight.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it is important to seek counsel from a qualified DUI attorney.
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