How Many Drinks Does It Take to Pass the Legal Limit?

BAC & Legal Limit

Intoxication varies for each individual. A person who considers him or herself to be a “heavyweight” type of drink may not feel the effects until after downing several drinks in a row. On the other hand, those who claim to be “lightweight” drinks can feel tipsy after only a sip.

There is no exact measurement to determine one’s level of intoxication versus another. However, the law states that anyone whose blood-alcohol percentage (BAC) measures at or above 0.08%

How Is BAC Calculated?

A person’s level intoxication can depend on many factors, including the individual’s weight, if they have eaten, kidney function and the type of drinks consumed. To calculate one’s BAC level, if someone were to have a BAC of 0.20%, that would mean there is 1 part alcohol to 50 in his or her blood system.

Here is an approximation of one’s level of intoxication:

  • 0.00 – 0.03%: No signs of impairment
  • 0.03 – 0.06%: Lowered inhibitions, mild impairment
  • 0.06 – 0.10%: “Buzzed” feelings, slight euphoria, impaired
  • 0.10 – 0.20%: Poor reaction time, loss of motor control, slurred speech, clear signs of drunkenness
  • 0.20 – 0.30%: Confusion and possibility of “blacking out.”
  • 0.30 – 0.40%: Higher chance of becoming unconscious and risk of death
  • 0.40% or above: Unconsciousness, possible coma, difficulty breathing, and risk of death

One drink would equate to one shot, one five-ounce glass of wine, or a 12-ounce beer. Your body will react differently to the number of drinks. The dangerous part about BAC measurements is that many people will continue to drive or other activities, despite not feeling “drunk.” That is until they are tested and are found to be over the limit.

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