One drink refers to an alcoholic beverage that contains approximately 14 grams of pure alcohol. The following are examples of a standard drink:
- Beer: 12 fluid ounces
- Wine: Five fluid ounces
- Hard liquor: One and one-half fluid ounces
The chart below organizes a person’s BAC level based on their weight and the number of drinks they’ve consumed.
|Weight (lbs)||Number of Drinks|
For a person to be considered a drunk driver by law, their BAC level must be 0.08 percent or higher. However, alcohol can start to impair your coordination and memory between 0.10 to 0.12 percent. Anything higher than that will increase the harmful side effects such as blacking out, choking on vomit, seriously injuring yourself, suddenly passing out and extremely slowed breathing.
Remember, alcohol affects people in different ways, so this chart should only be used as a guideline.