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In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths – that’s one person every 45 minutes and a 14% increase from 2019. Your level of impairment is measured by what is referred to as blood alcohol content, or BAC. Alcohol impairs thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination, all abilities needed to operate a vehicle safely. This FAQ covers, in general, some frequently asked questions.
What is a BAC?
Blood alcohol content, or BAC, is a measurement of the percentage of alcohol that’s in your bloodstream after you’ve been drinking. As your BAC increases, so does the level of alcohol-related impairment you will experience.
Does the type of alcohol (i.e., beer vs. wine) impact the BAC?
No. A drink is a drink whether it is beer, wine, or hard liquor.
One Standard Drink
More Than One Standard Drink
What factors can affect the BAC?
How fast a BAC rises can vary based on a host of factors.
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Alcohol steadily decreases your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect the brain and your ability to drive; however, signs of impairment will present differently for each person.
At just a .02 BAC level, there is some loss of judgment, a decline in visual functions and a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
At 0.0% there is no alcohol in your blood, you are sober.
At a .05 BAC level, it gets harder to focus your eyes, judgement is impaired, and you have a lowered alertness level. What this means when you are behind the wheel:
At a .08 BAC level — when you are considered legally intoxicated — muscle coordination is impacted, which includes speech, vision, reaction time and hearing; and judgment, reasoning and memory are also impaired. When behind the wheel, this means:
Every state has passed a law making it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08% or higher.
How can you stay safe when you plan to have a few drinks?
The best advice is to plan for someone else to drive, not you. Never drive after you have been drinking.
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