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What do different BAC levels mean?

No matter who you are, if you drive drunk, then the police will arrest you. A Virginia lawmaker learned this the hard way by recently pleading guilty to DUI charges. 

The lawmaker in question had a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.18, which is well above the legal limit of 0.08. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. A BAC of 0.01 means for every 1,000 parts blood in your body, there is one part alcohol. It may not seem like much, but it is enough to seriously impact your motor functions. It is vital for those who like going out to drink to understand what the levels mean, so they can consume alcohol safely and not get behind the wheel when they have had too much. 


At 0.05, your vision may become blurry, and you may begin slurring words. It may be under the legal limit, but the cops can still arrest you for driving with a BAC of 0.05 if they believe you are a threat to yourself and others. Some states have begun considering lowering the legal limit to 0.05 because it is still dangerous to drive at this level. 


As of this writing, the legal limit in Virginia and most other states is 0.08. At this point, you lose more coordination, and you will not have as good of judgment. 


Your BAC is incredibly high at this point. You will not have as much control over muscle movement. Talking and walking will become much more difficult. Vomiting typically begins at this level. 


Disorientation and confusion begin at this stage. Blackouts typically begin at 0.20, so you may get behind the wheel without realizing it. You may not even remember driving when you regain your cognitive faculties. 


At this level, many people fall into a coma. There is a high chance of death at this stage, so it is vital to ensure your drinking does not get to this level. 

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