Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Have you ever watched the news and saw a report about a drunk driving arrest?
You may have heard the words BAC used (or blood alcohol content).
What exactly does BAC refer to?
For purposes of police enforcement, BAC is defined as being intoxicated
and gives a means to measure impairment in the driver. Even when degrees of impairment may vary from person to person with the same blood alcohol content, it can be measured objectively and is legally useful and difficult to fight against in court.
The measurement of blood alcohol content and is important in other ways. For example, too much alcohol can make a person black out. It can even cause alcohol poisoning and death. These conditions depend on the amount of alcohol in the blood stream.
Did you know that what mix with the alcohol could also affect how quickly you feel intoxicated? Mixing alcohol with carbonated drinks will speed up the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream.
If a person is not an experienced drinker, a lower BAC will affect them more than someone who has built up a tolerance. But a blood alcohol content of .40 is typically the lethal dose for more than 50% of adults.
There is only thing that lowers your blood alcohol content – time. Coffee and cold showers will not make it safe for you to drive. So the best solution is to call a cab home and get some rest.
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