When was the last time you talked about your BAC or Blood Alcohol Concentration?
Most likely when you are out with friends or even at home have a glass of wine, the last thing you are thinking about is your blood alcohol concentration level or BAC for short. It isn’t the most commonly talked about subject but maybe it should be. Every one needs to consider how much they should be drinking based on their weight. Trust us! You don’t want to try to out drink the 6’6 280 LB bouncer. You can’t!
How to calculate your BAC
In case your like most everyone, you don’t have a BAC memorized. Here is a full chart to see how it is divided by weight and number of drinks consumed. To read the chart, find your weight and then the number of drinks consumed. The number at the center is your
BAC. You can subtract .015 for each hour of drinking. For example: I weight 180 lb and have had 5 drinks over a 3 hour period. My BAC is now .085 which would be considered legally intoxicated. For reference, in most states a BAC of .15 or higher is considered driving under the influence.
BAC is important but always go with your gut
It is always handy to reference this chart when drinking. But many other factors can determine your level of intoxication. For example: how ofter you drink, how much you have eaten, what you have eaten, and even genetics. Don’t depend solely on the BAC chart. Always go with your gut. If you feel tipsy, don’t attempt to drive! It is always better to be on the safe side of law!