Whether you are a social drinker or someone who consumes alcohol on a daily basis, it’s important to know your limits. How many drinks is too many for you? When drinking, it’s important to know your blood alcohol level for your own safety and the safety of others. This is especially true if you need to drive home. According to the CDC, about 29 people die every day in the United States from accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
To help you answer the question How Drunk Am I?, and avoid any dangerous situations yourself, you can use the below blood alcohol calculator.
What Is Blood Alcohol Concentration?
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is the percentage of alcohol in someone’s blood stream. As demonstrated from the calculator above, a number of factors are taken into consideration such as weight, age, gender, food intake, and the type of drinks consumed (mixed drinks, distilled spirits, beer, etc). If someone is driving while intoxicated, law enforcement will likely test their BAC levels. The BAC legal limit for driving in the United States is 0.8%, however, this may differ depending on the state.
The Effects of Alcohol Consumption
How alcohol consumption affects you depends on a number of factors including the amount of alcohol consumed. The effects range depending on your BAC level:
- 0 – 0.2%: Some loss of judgement, relaxation, warmth
- 0.2% – 0.5%: Impaired judgement, trouble focusing, lowered alertness
- 0.5% – 0.8%: Coordination is poor, loss of self control, memory impairment
- 0.8% – 1.0%: Slow reaction and thinking time, slurred speech
- 1.0% – 1.5%: Major loss of balance, vomiting
Tips To Avoid Becoming Intoxicated
- Drink Water
While consuming alcohol, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking water. In between sips of your cocktail, have some water. By staying hydrated, your body will slow down the intoxication process and effects of alcohol.
- Consume Whole Foods Prior To Drinking
Eating foods before or while drinking will help you be able to drink more and avoid getting hungover. You want to focus on eating foods rich with protein, carbs, and vitamins such as low-fat yogurt, salmon, quinoa, and avocado. It may be tempting to order comfort food while out, but you may end up regretting it the next day.
- Pace Yourself
You don’t need to show your friends how much you can drink. Pace yourself while drinking and enjoy every sip. Think of it this way – the faster you drink, the less you’ll enjoy the night. Do something like eating, drinking water, or dancing to help you pace yourself.
- Know Your Limits
Sometimes, a person may think that they can handle one more drink when they can’t. Listen to your body and recognize the signs that you’ve had enough to drink. Just because your friend can handle five beers, doesn’t mean you can. You don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of the company you’re with.
Make sure to drink responsibly and never drive while intoxicated. Drinking is fun and all until it isn’t.