drinking and driving

4 Factors That Affect Your BAC Level

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or more can result in serious penalties. Blood alcohol concentration levels measure the percentage of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream.

Studies show that a person’s liver can typically process about one standard drink an hour. A standard drink contains 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol.

However, a person’s BAC level isn’t only affected by the amount of alcohol a person consumes. Our Phoenix DUI defense lawyers explain what other factors can affect your BAC level.

What Impacts My BAC Level?

To avoid going over the legal BAC limit, many people count drinks to guess their BAC level. However, it’s important to understand all the variables that can affect your blood alcohol concentration.

Below are the most common factors that affect your BAC level:

  1. Weight: The less you weigh, the less water you have in your body to dilute the intoxicating effects created when you drink alcohol. This means that a person who weighs less will be more impacted by two alcohol drinks than an individual who weighs more.
  2. Gender: Men and women have different muscle and body fat percentages, which also impacts BAC levels. Women also tend to have less dehydrogenase (an enzyme that breaks down alcohol in the stomach) than men, so a man can have a lower BAC level than a woman, even if they’ve had the same amount of alcohol and weigh the same.
  3. Food: Consuming alcohol on an empty stomach can result in a higher BAC level. Food slows down the amount of alcohol absorbed in your bloodstream so that it can affect your overall BAC.
  4. Medications: Research shows that cough medicines, antidepressants, and other medications can affect the way your body reacts to alcohol--therefore, affecting your BAC level.

If you face DUI charges because your BAC level was .08 percent or higher, contact our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. as soon as possible. Our Phoenix DUI defense lawyers can help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Call us today at (602) 842-6762!