Calculate your BAC

Do the Math and Keep Your Cash

Police are really cracking down these days on drivers who decide to drink past the legal limit, get behind the wheel of their vehicle, and drive without any regard for anyone else’s safety, including their own. In an age with so many advancements in technology, there are several options available in which you can check your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels using calculators specifically designed for that purpose. It’ll give you a pretty close estimate of what your BAC level is, and hopefully help you to make a wise decision before attempting to operate a vehicle while impaired.

If you neglect to proceed with caution, the final outcome can end up costing you your financial security, career, family, and friends. Many government jobs, which pay pretty well from what I hear, won’t hesitate in letting you go once you’ve receive a DUI /OVI. It can be rather difficult to find employment after this offense, so all the years of college you’ve paid for could realistically go right out the window.

DNA + BAC = A Variation in Tolerance

When calculating BAC, you first must consider several factors in order to achieve an accurate reading of the amount of alcohol in your system. Multiple factors can contribute to a lower/higher BAC, which include:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Weight
  • Age
  • If You’ve Eaten
  • What You’ve Eaten
  • How Much You’ve Eaten
  • Genetics
  • Overall Tolerance

Any one of these components can directly cause a person’s BAC level to rise or fall. Everyone literally processes alcohol differently, so it’s best to pay attention to your own body if you’re ever at all in doubt before getting behind the wheel.

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How Does a BAC Calculator Differ?

The Blood Alcohol Calculator is set up to take you through simple questions with the goal of providing you a close approximation of your BAC. First it will ask your age, followed by your weight, then gender, how many minutes you’ve been drinking alcohol, how many glasses of water you’ve consumed while drinking alcohol, and finally, what and how much you’ve had to drink within that time. I think you’ll be reasonably surprised at how little alcohol it takes for you to be nn.

For most people, it takes approximately 3 alcoholic beverages consumed within 60 minutes to impair their cognitive function beyond the limit of safety. As mentioned earlier, everybody is different, so don’t ever assume your BAC level will reflect that of “most people”.

BAC Levels and Charges Under Michigan Law

One Drink Isn’t Always One Drink”

You must try to be exceedingly cautious when choosing which type of alcohol to consume. This chart provides a pretty decent depiction of what’s equal to a single drink for each category of alcohol, although it’s only a guide, and is in no way full proof. A perfect example is the beer, but this will pertain to all. The chart reads that 12 ounces of beer has about 5% Alcohol by Volume, or ABV. Many craft beers such as IPAs (India Pale Ales) will surpass 12% on occasion, so you can see how 1 drink could just as easily be 2. It all comes down to the ABV, so always consider that aspect when figuring out your BAC.

Guest Post written by Curtis Boyd for the Law Offices of Barton Morris