The Blood Alcohol Content Equation (Guest Post)

Commonly modern technology, such as a Breathalyzer or obtaining a blood sample from the accused, are used to calculate BAC. The purpose of this article is to help the reader understand how to calculate blood alcohol content using only a BAC Table. BAC stands for Blood Alcohol Content and refers to the amount of alcohol within one’s bloodstream. BAC is measured by the amount of grams of alcohol, in 100 grams of blood. Anything over 8 grams of alcohol per 100 grams of blood, is considered legally intoxicated.

Without taking a blood or a breath sample, it’s very difficult to calculate Blood Alcohol Content. Hence, only a best estimates guesses can take place. That’s why police officers who suspect one be under the influence, will use a breathalyzer you to get a valid sample. Without a valid sample, it’s left up to guessing. Calculating BAC is also difficult because there is many variables involved. Some of the most common variables include gender, health issues, medications and weight. The larger a person is the larger their bloodstream is.

As most people know, males can “outdrink” their female counterparts. This is because males are generally larger, but they have more dehydrogenase – the enzyme required to break down alcohol. Another reason is because of blood volume, the larger the blood volume the more diluted alcohol is. So if you are going shot for shot with someone of the opposite sex, in most cases it is a bad idea. Not only are drinking games a bad idea as they result in higher BAC values, but they might lead to a DUI charge.

A DUI is not only dangerous for all of those involved, but also very expensive. The cost of a DUI Lawyer alone is a few thousand dollars, that doesn’t include court fines or fees. Do the math and get yourself aboard the BAC awareness training. If you don’t you are looking at not just risking legal issues, but behavioral and health issues too. Most people think just by having a few drinks they are safe to drive, the math would tell you differently. Don’t leave your BAC up to chance, educate yourself about alcohol and sober up before getting behind the wheel.

This guest post was written by Curtis Boyd, for the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi

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