There are several factors that go into determining an accurate blood alcohol content (BAC) in a person suspected of being intoxicated by alcohol. The number and strength of the drinks an individual has consumed, along with their body weight and metabolism all add up in determining the BAC. One 12 oz. glass of beer will put a person who weighs 100 pounds almost halfway to the legal limit, while only registering a .02% BAC in a person double that weight.

The time after consumption will also drastically affect your BAC
: how long has it been since the drink(s) were consumed, what did you eat (or in some cases expel) after the drinks, etc. Studies have found that purging followed by binge-eating after drinking may have an effect in lowering your BAC. However, these efforts take nearly as much time as sobering up naturally, which is, of course, the preferred method.

BAC is also not a measurement of your tolerance for alcohol.
A regular drinker with a BAC of 0.1% can appear to function normally because they're used to it. On the other hand, a person of their same approximate height, weight, and age who rarely drinks may find themselves impaired beyond control with a BAC that high.

The best way to ensure your BAC is of the legal limit is to not attempt to drive after drinking at all. However, if you find yourself charged with a Virginia DUI, a reliable DUI defense attorney can help. Contact Virginia DUI Lawyer Bob Battle to schedule your legal consultation today - 804-673-5600.

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