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How many drinks does it take to get drunk?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2021 | DUI |

Even good people can receive a DUI charge if they are not careful when out with friends. The number of drinks you consume during the night has a direct impact on your blood alcohol content (BAC), which is what law enforcement uses to determine intoxication.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every drink you consume increases your BAC a little higher. Understanding these effects may help you avoid legal issues when out and about.

Understanding standard drink sizes

Because alcohol is available in a range of potencies, there are different standard servings. Liquor and distilled spirits are the most potent, so they come in small 1.5 ounce glasses, commonly known as shots. Beer typically has an alcohol content of 5%, so it is usually served in a 12-ounce glass. Knowing the different standard drink sizes is crucial to ensure you do not overindulge in your beverage of choice.

How many standard drinks it takes to reach .08%

Law enforcement usually determines intoxication by providing a breathalyzer, and any person with a BAC of .08% or higher will receive a DUI charge. In general, it takes about four standard drinks to reach .08%. People with a .08% BAC experience impaired judgment, a lack of self-control, problems concentrating, and issues with perception. Along with increasing your risk of arrest, driving with a BAC of .08% or higher can also lead to a damaging accident.

Keep in mind that effects vary depending on your size and tolerance. If you are not sure whether you are capable of driving, call a cab or schedule a ride-share. You can also designate a driver any time you go out.