When you consume alcohol, it can be difficult to identify your blood alcohol content level. Many factors can affect your BAC, making it hard to know whether you have exceeded the legal limit to drive.
The Texas Department of Transportation states that in Texas, you could face charges for DWI if your BAC level reaches or exceeds 0.08%. If convicted for DWI, you could lose your driver’s license, have to spend time in jail and pay a significant fine.
How quickly you drink
For most people, the liver can process approximately one alcoholic beverage per hour. The faster you consume alcohol, the faster your BAC level will rise, making it more likely that you will exceed the legal BAC limit and face charges for drunk driving.
Food in your stomach
Alcohol will travel at a slower rate into your bloodstream if you have food in your stomach while drinking. Any food in your stomach slows the absorption rate of alcohol by preventing it from going directly into the small intestine, which is the point at which most alcohol enters the bloodstream.
Certain medications can enhance the effect alcohol has on your body. For example, cough medicines, anti-depressants, aspirin and tranquilizers can impact your BAC when mixed with alcohol.
Some of the other factors that can affect how quickly your BAC level rises include your age, weight, gender and the type of alcohol you consume. Your body’s personal sensitivity to alcohol can also affect how your body reacts when you drink, making it difficult to accurately identify your BAC level.