We hear a lot about blood alcohol concentration (BAC), but how exactly does it affect our ability to drive?
That may be a tough question to answer since all of us will absorb and metabolize alcohol at different rates. However, with a bit of assistance from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we can see how different BAC levels affect an average person’s reflexes.
Our apologies for sounding a bit too technical, but here in the U.S., your BAC is measured by dividing grams of alcohol by 100 milliliters of blood and then converted into a percentage.
In most states, for example, the legal BAC limit is .08%. That means that for every 100 milliliters of blood, there are 8 grams of alcohol in the bloodstream.
|BAC||PHYSICAL EFFECTS||PROBABLE EFFECTS ON DRIVING|
|.02%||Loss of judgementAltered mood|
Slight body warmth
|Decline in visual functions, such as ability to rapidly track a moving objectWeakened ability to perform 2 tasks at the same time|
|.05%||Impaired judgementLowered alertness and inhibition|
|Declining coordinationDifficulty steering|
|.08%||Muscle coordination becomes poor (problems with balance, speech, vision and reaction time)Self-control, reasoning and memory become impaired||Ability to process information (recognizing traffic signals, etc.) is reduced significantlyAbility to concentrate is reduced|
Short-term memory is affected
|.10%||Speech become slurredIncreasingly poor coordination||Difficult to stay in proper traffic laneCan’t brake appropriately|
|.15%||Significant loss of balanceVomiting|
Much less muscle control
|Serious lack of ability to control vehicle or to maintain attention to drivingSubstantial impairment in processing visual and audio cues.|
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