Blood alcohol content (BAC) is a calculation of the amount of alcohol present
in your bloodstream, based on the alcohol you consumed over a given period
of time. Alcohol is absorbed through your stomach and small intestine
before entering your blood.
Within half an hour to a little over an hour of alcohol consumption, you
can measure BAC. However, it is imperative to understand that there are
several factors which can have an impact on your body’s absorption
Common factors which affect your BAC level include the following:
Your weight – The more you weight, the more water your body retains. This water
dilutes the alcohol an individual consumes, which is the reason why larger
people typically require more drinks to become intoxicated compared to
a person who weighs much less.
Your gender – Men have a much higher water content in their bodies compared to
women. So if women consume alcohol as the same rate as their male counterparts,
they often obtain a higher BAC. In addition, women have fewer enzymes
in their stomachs that break down alcohol faster than men.
Your age – The older you become, the more noticeable alcohol’s intoxicating
effects will be.
Your rate of consumption – The faster you consume alcohol, the more it will appear in your
How much food you ate – Flood slows the absorption process, which means the alcohol will
remain in your stomach longer. Those who consume alcohol on an empty stomach
will have a higher BAC than people who ate before drinking.
Your medications – Medications, such as prescription drugs and allergy pills, can
intensify the effects of alcohol, which can also be a health risk.
If you were arrested and charged with a
DUI in Ventura County, request a
free consultation with our Ventura DUI lawyer at
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