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How different BAC levels affect your body and mind

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2022 | DUI

Your blood alcohol content, or BAC, measures how much alcohol you have in your bloodstream. Usually, the BAC levels are given as a percentage and used for legal and medical purposes to determine intoxication levels. 

Anyone who has had an alcoholic beverage before knows that the more you drink, the more intoxicated you become. This also causes your BAC to increase. However, some people don’t realize how an increased BAC level can impact your body and mind. 

The impact of different BAC levels

Every time you have an alcoholic beverage, alcohol will be absorbed into your bloodstream. It moves throughout your body and into your brain. The more alcohol you consume, the more cognitive functions it impacts, including your ability to perform physical tasks. Your driving ability can be impacted long before you reach the legal level in Virginia, which is 0.08%; however, once you reach this point, the possibility of an accident increases significantly. 

The impact of drinking alcohol varies based on your weight and if you have eaten. But when you reach a certain BAC level, you can expect certain problems. These include:

  • 0.02% BAC: You will feel relaxed, and your judgment will be reduced. It will be difficult to track animal, pedestrian and vehicle movement. Distraction is also more likely.
  • 0.05% BAC: Experience a loss of small-muscle control, like focusing your eyes, and your alertness will be reduced. Your ability to steer is reduced, and the ability to react quickly and move around a hazard is almost nonexistent.
  • 0.08% BAC: Poor muscle coordination, slurred speech, impaired judgment, and issues with memory and self-control will all occur. 

What to do if you are arrested for DUI

If you are arrested for DUI, it’s important to take steps to protect your rights. As you can see, even small amounts of alcohol can cause impairment.