How BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is Measured
How BAC Is Measured
How Quickly You Drink
Men and women process alcohol very different from each other. Men are usually larger in build, therefore having more blood volume and less body fat than women. This allows men to consume more and feel the effects of alcohol slower than a woman.
In addition, dehydrogenase is an enzyme that breaks down alcohol. Men have a higher quantity of this enzyme in their body than women.
Food in System
While food does not absorb alcohol, it definitely slows down the process. If there is food in someone’s stomach, alcohol is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. The alcohol will still take effect, but at a slower rate.
Size of a Drink
Living in a “beer town” such as Bend, it is important to know that while it is illegal for a bartender to overserve, it still happens all of the time. Beers can range anywhere from 3% to 25% out here! If you’ve only had “one drink” but it was a 15% barrel-aged beer, then chances are, you’re probably over the legal limit. Same goes for ordering doubles. While a cocktail might call for one shot, your server might be “hooking it up” and over serving.
There are several other factors such as hormones, mixing medications and booze, tolerance, stress, etc., that will contribute to your BAC. While you may never know exactly when your BAC is at a 0.08%, it’s always better to play it safe. Take an Uber, Lyft, or a cab before getting behind the wheel.
Oregon state takes drinking and driving seriously, so if you have been pulled over and were charged with a DUI, your best chance at keeping your driver’s license is to contact a DUI attorney. The lawyers at Donahue Law Firm have been practicing law and fighting DUI cases for years, so you can trust that we have the knowledge and experience to fight for your case. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.