Blood Alcohol Levels and Effects

If you are someone who consumes alcohol, it is valuable to understand the effects of alcohol can have on your body. Usually the lower the level of alcohol in your blood, the less effect it will have on your body and nervous system. This is not always true though. Because alcohol affects each person differently and since different types of alcoholic beverages are dispersed into the body in a variety of ways, there are countless combinations which address the blood level and effect that level can create.

The best practice is to avoid driving at all when you’ve had alcohol to drink. This is not always an option and it is not always the choice you have to make if you’ve only had a small amount of alcohol such as a glass of wine. It is important to understand that in many states, new laws allow for prosecution even if you’ve only had a few drinks and are just buzzed.

Standard Blood Alcohol Levels

There are some standard blood alcohol levels that all states and provinces use to determine what level of alcohol you have in your system when you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence DUI. These standards are as follows:

  • 0.02 to 0.03
  • 0.04 to 0.06
  • 0.07 to 0.09
  • 0.10 to 0.125
  • 0.13 to 0.15
  • 0.16 to 0.19
  • 0.20 to 0.24
  • 0.25 to 0.29
  • 0.30 to 0.35
  • 0.40 or higher

Blood Alcohol Level-Based Effects

In accordance with the aforementioned blood alcohol levels, there are associated effects that are typically experienced. Although you cannot determine your own blood level number, you can know the corresponding warning signs. Respectively:

  • Overall good feeling, possible lightheadedness.
  • Euphoria and feelings of being uninhibited.
  • Speech may begin to slur, some impairment noticed.
  • Loss of motor coordination and decreased reaction time.
  • Vision blurs, loss of vision and euphoria turns to anxiety or restlessness.
  • Visibly drunk to others due to staggering or slurred speech.
  • Blackouts, vomiting, feeling dazed and confused
  • Danger of asphyxiation due to stalled gag reflex
  • Unconsciousness possible, dazed and incoherent
  • Alcohol-induce coma that can lead to death.

Whenever you’ve had more to drink than you should, these warning signs are a very clear and present indication of the possible side effects that you can experience. Although these effects are based on their corresponding numbers above, when you consume more than one type of alcohol, it is possible that these effects will be magnified, combined, or experienced in a different order than that which they are listed. Obviously you will not experience the less symptoms once you have begun to experience the more advanced ones.

The bottom line is that if you feel drunk, changes are you are and you shouldn’t drive.

Contact one of our experienced drunk driving lawyers in your area today!

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