Blood Alcohol Level

The only safe blood alcohol level for driving is 0.00%.  Even one drink can impair your driving.  Although the legal blood alcohol level limit is 0.08% inall fifty states, that doesn’t not mean your aren’t driving impaired before reaching this level.   So what exactly happens to your body as you drink? How many drinks are too many? While everyone’s bodies react to alcohol differently, here is some general information from an alcohol blood level chart about what happens when you drink.

Drinkers with blood alcohol levels in the 0.02% to 0.04% ranges will probably begin to experience loss of coordination.  They may also seem less shy and mildly relaxed.  A drinker’s emotions may become more intense and their level of caution will begin to lower.  While it is still legal to drive, you are already impaired and should not get behind the wheel.

A blood alcohol level between 0.05% and 0.07%, while not legally drunk, can still result in impairment and may result in a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest.

With a blood alcohol level at or above 0.08%, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle.  Drinkers will experience slight impairment of balance, speech and vision at this point.  Judgment and self-control are also compromised causing impaired driving.  This level also causes drinkers to become less cautious and unaware of the affects of the alcohol in their systems, leading them to think they are in control of their actions when in fact they are quite impaired.

In the blood alcohol level range of 0.14% to 0.19%, drinkers will continue to lose gross motor skills and experience blurred vision, slurred speech and extreme lack of balance.  These alcohol levels are approaching a dangerous point and drinkers are urged to discontinue consuming alcohol at this point.

In the alcohol blood level range of 0.20% to 0.25% a drinker may experience nausea, vomiting and need assistance walking.  A loss of consciousness or an alcohol blackout commonly occurs at this level of intoxication.

Finally, with a blood alcohol level of 0.35% and greater a coma is possible.  This is the level of surgical anesthesia.  Anything above a 0.40% in alcohol blood level is risking possible death due to respiratory arrest.  If you or someone you know commonly drinks above the legal limit or binge drinks this drinker may have an alcohol abuse problem.  Never allow anyone to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.  Remember, the only safe blood alcohol level to drive is 0.00%!