What Does a .08 BAC Mean?

In the state of Minnesota, as in most of the country, the legal standard for intoxicated driving is a blood-alcohol content of .08. GoldenbergLaw’s car accident lawyers have seen the devastating effects of drunk driving and strongly urge everyone to exercise the strictest caution when going out for a drink.

But a raw statistic like “.08″ might be a little confusing. How much does one have to drink before qualifying as legally intoxicating?

This is a complicated question, as the amount of alcohol you have to consume before reaching a certain BAC level depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Your unique biology
  • The type of alcohol being consumed
  • The length of time during which you’re consuming alcohol

Still, there are some tools online that can help you get a sense of what your BAC might be during different scenarios. This chart, for example, indicates that a 160-pound person needs four drinks to reach a .08 level. A 120-pound person, on the other hand, needs only three.

The important thing to keep in mind here is the uncertainty level. You can never know precisely how many drinks will take you over the .08 level. And you should never attempt to use subjective evaluations of your own sobriety to judge whether or not it’s safe to drive.

Our car accident lawyers urge you to stay off the road if there is any doubt in your mind. Drunk driving is too serious to take such a risk.

If you’re a Minnesota resident and you’ve been hurt in an accident with a drunk driver, you should speak with our car accident lawyers as soon as possible. Please contact GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation.


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