The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration limit that indicates a driver is impaired is 0.08%. You can get a DUI under this total, but the court can presume impairment if you are at or over this line, making it easier for them to convict on a drunk driving charge.
Many people, therefore, assume that it’s fine to drink a little bit and then drive, just so long as they’re not very intoxicated. However, you may hit 0.08% far faster than you assume, causing your “light” drinking to still result in a DUI arrest.
How much do you weigh?
One major factor is just your own size, judged by how much you weigh. For instance, if you weigh 120 pounds, you can be at 0.08% after just two drinks. If you weigh less than that, you could actually be over the legal limit. You may not think that two drinks sound like much at all, but you could be charged with a DUI.
Your gender also plays a role. The above information is for women. For men, it may be possible to have three drinks before hitting 0.08% at 140 pounds. Some of this is just due to the fact that men often weigh more, but even at the exact same weight, men often have a lower BAC.
Have you been arrested?
It’s very difficult to accurately calculate your own BAC while you’re out with friends, and remember that a personal breath test can’t be used in court. What you should take away from this is just that you could be surprised by the fact that you’re over the legal limit and you need to know what legal steps to take after an arrest to best protect your future.