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Know your limits: What does it take to get to .08%?

When you plan a night out for drinking, one thing you have to be cautious of is how much alcohol you have. The number of drinks matters, as does the percentage of alcohol and the way your body is metabolizing it.

It's not always simple to know your limit, which is why it's advisible to stop drinking an hour or two before you intend to leave an event. Additionally, it's a smart choice to carry a smartphone Breathalyzer or a pocket-sized breath test to guarantee that you're legal to drive.

How soon can you measure your blood alcohol content?

You can measure it within 15 minutes of having your first drink. Typical wisdom would suggest that if you have only one drink per hour, you'll stay well within the legal limit to drive. However, you have to remember that all alcoholic drinks have different levels of alcohol. A single drink doesn't necessarily mean a single beverage. A drink is defined as a 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce of wine or a shot of distilled spirits (1.5 ounces). If you order a beverage with two shots or a mixture of alcohol, you'll have to calculate exactly how many "drinks" it really is.

What kinds of factors affect your BAC?

There are many factors that can affect your BAC including your weight, age, how much you've eaten and others. Even your mood can change the way your body metabolizes alcohol.

Since there are so many factors that influence intoxication, it's really important that you use a breath test to determine your BAC before driving. If you aren't sure if you're intoxicated and don't have a Breathalyzer handy, then you may want to call a ride-sharing service or friend to take you home.

What should you do if you're accused of a DUI but are under the limit?

You can face a DUI and be convicted, even if you're under the .08% limit. If you are driving recklessly and it appears that alcohol is playing a role in that behavior, then the police have the ability to arrest you for a DUI.

The good news about that situation is that the police will need more evidence to support a DUI charge. Your attorney will be able to look at each aspect of the case and make sure that you were treated fairly. If not, then they will work to have the charges eliminated or lowered.

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