Preventing Atlanta DUI Accidents How Does Blood Alcohol Level Affect the Body

Blood alcohol level (BAL), blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and blood alcohol content (BAC) are terms that refer to the amount of alcohol present in the blood at a given time.  It is expressed as a ratio of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters (deciliter) of blood and is used as a measure of intoxication.
The physical and mental signs listed here are generalizations. Alcohol affects everyone differently.  A person who rarely drinks may show impairment of reflexes with a .04 alcohol level.
Typical physical and mental signs of intoxication:
BAC .01-.06 g/dL
  • Feeling relaxed
  • A sense of Well-Being
  • Thought, judgment, and coordination may be Impaired
  • Alcohol may influence driving ability
BAC .06-.10 g/dL
  • Loss of Inhibitions
  • Extroversion
  • Reasoning is affected
  • Reflexes, depth perception, and peripheral vision are impaired
  • Impaired driving ability
BAC .11-.20 g/dL
  • Emotional swings
  • Sadness or depression
  • Anger or belligerence
  • Reaction time is impaired
  • Speech is slurred
BAC .21-.29 g/dL
  • Stupor
  • Blackouts
  • Motor Skills are severely impaired
BAC .30-.39 g/dL
  • Severe depression
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Breathing and heart rate impaired
BAC .40 g/dL or greater
  • Breathing and heart rate impaired
  • Death
Any level of alcohol use can affect driving ability. Learn about how long alcohol stays in the body in our article:   "An Atlanta Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer Explains How Next Day DUI Accidents Occur".  
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