Getting arrested and convicted for drinking and driving is a serious crime that can impact your life financially and professionally. Some of the penalties for DUI include jail time, fines, community service and loss of driving privileges.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, you could face consequences for DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08%. But it can be hard to know if you have reached this legal limit while consuming alcohol since many factors affect a person’s BAC.
The rate of alcohol consumption
Your liver can only process so much alcohol at a time. When you consume alcohol at a slower pace, your BAC will be lower than if you had consumed alcohol at a faster rate.
Food in the stomach
Food can absorb some of the alcohol you drink when it travels to your stomach. If you eat before you drink alcohol, you will likely have a lower BAC than if you had consumed alcohol on an empty stomach, which can have an impact on what happens if you drink and drive.
Age and gender
The older you get, the faster your BAC will rise after consuming alcohol. Additionally, women usually have higher BAC after consuming the same amount of alcohol as men because they typically have more fat cells and less water in their bodies.
Any time you drink alcohol, your BAC will rise. This can put you at risk for a DUI if you decide to drive without knowing your BAC.