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Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Alcohol is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. The extent to which you use alcohol and become intoxicated is measured by your blood alcohol content. Different levels of BAC will have different effects on the body. It is important to remember, however, that everybody’s body is different, and will handle its BAC differently. Following are some general guidelines of what effects your BAC may have.

0.03-0.12% – Euphoria
There is an improvement in mood; Self-confidence and friendliness is heightened; Judgment and fine motor skills suffer; Attention span shortens.

0.09-0.25% – Lethargy
Fatigue sets in; Memory suffers; Reaction time and coordination suffer; Senses such as vision begin to suffer.

0.18-0.30% – Confusion
Dizziness and confusion set in; Emotions become heightened; Nausea sets in, sometimes leading to vomiting.

0.25-0.40% – Stupor
Movement is impaired; Blackout may occur; Risk of death due to poisoning or pulmonary aspiration of vomit is heightened; Bodily functions may suffer.

0.35-0.50% – Coma
Unconsciousness sets in; Reflexes are far less responsive than normal; Breathing is slow and shallow; Heart rate drops; Death is highly likely.

0.50% and higher – Death
Central nervous system may fail, causing death.

People’s bodies react differently to their BAC. There are many different factors that contribute to the effects that the body suffers during intoxication. However, impairment will set in early for anyone. If you drive while intoxicated, you are driving impaired and may receive a DWI.

A Dallas DWI Lawyer Can Help

If you or anyone you know has received a DWI, contact the Dallas DWI attorney, Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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