Some people think they can “hold their liquor” better than others. While this might be the case, the factor that is going to matter when you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving is what blood alcohol concentration you have at the time. There are many different things that determine how your body will metabolize the alcohol.
It is possible for people to react differently to the exact same number of drinks. Physiology, gender, body fat percentage, weight, and alcohol tolerance all have a direct impact on how your body burns alcohol.
You can’t rush alcohol out of your system
As a general rule, you can expect that your body will metabolize .015 percent of alcohol every hour. Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower and eating food won’t change your BAC. Only time is going to do this. Because of this, you should ensure that you always have another way home if you know you are going to go out drinking. Ridesharing and public transportation options will cost less money than having to cover the cost of a drunk driving case.
Impairment starts early
For non-commercial drivers in Massachusetts, the BAC limit is .08 percent. This isn’t the level at which the alcohol can start to have a negative impact on your ability to drive. A BAC of as low as .04 to .059 percent can lead to minor impairment of judgement and reduced caution. Both can make it difficult to drive in the manner you should.
By the time you hit .06 to .099 percent, you have impaired reasoning and reduced judgement. This range is also associated with limited impairment in reaction time and vision. The impacts continue to magnify as the BAC continues to rise.
The negative effects of the alcohol on the ability to drive are the sole reason why there are drunk driving laws in this country. Drunk drivers can cause wrecks that severely injure other innocent individuals on the roads.
When you are stopped
When you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, the officer will try to determine your BAC. This is usually done with field sobriety tests and chemical tests. You do still have rights during this process, so ensure that you are making mental notes about what happens during and after the traffic stop. Everything that happens has the possibility of being an important component in your defense strategy.