Blood Alcohol Level

Blood Alcohol Level

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    A self-test for breath alcohol uses a hand-held device to determine the amount of alcohol in your blood by measuring the amount of alcohol in your breath when you exhale. As with all types of blood alcohol concentration tests, a self-test for breath alcohol helps you to know how much alcohol it takes to raise your blood-alcohol level to a point where your judgment is impaired, your muscular coordination is impacted and your reaction time becomes longer. These are all signs that certain activities, including driving a motor vehicle, could be dangerous.

    There is no standard amount of alcohol that is safe for everyone. Each person's response to alcohol varies, depending on factors such as weight, gender and speed of consumption. It is illegal in every US state to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Some restaurants and bars will provide you with a self-test for breath alcohol before you leave the establishment. You can also purchase self-tests for breath alcohol at pharmacies.
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    Measuring BAC: There are three ways that BAC can be measured. It can be measured as a percentage of body mass per volume, by body mass per volume of blood, or a combination.

    For instance, if an individual's BAC is 0.10%, it means that there is one gram of alcohol per 1,000 grams or 1,000 milliliters of blood.

    Breathalyzer® test: A Breathalyzer® test does not directly measure the BAC. Instead, these tests estimate the BAC by measuring the amount of alcohol in an individual's breath.

    Once alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, the liver breaks down (metabolizes) the alcohol. Once alcohol has been completely metabolized, the concentration of alcohol is equal throughout the body, including in the breath. Breathalyzer® tests can only detect that alcohol that has already been metabolized by the body. In other words, if the body is still absorbing alcohol, a Breathalyzer® test may detect a lower BAC than the individual actually has.

    During the test, the individual blows into a plastic tube that is connected to a BAC monitor. The Breathalyzer® then provides an estimate of the individual's BAC. Eating breath mints or gum will not affect the results of a Breathalyzer® test. This is because the test does not measure the smell of the breath but the alcohol content of the breath.

    Blood test: A blood alcohol test is the most accurate way to measure an individual's BAC. Because alcohol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, this test can be performed just minutes after consuming an alcoholic beverage. However, this test is more expensive and invasive, and it cannot be performed on site. Therefore, it is performed less often than a Breathalyzer® test.

    Urine test: A urine test may also be performed. This test assumes that there are 1.3 parts of alcohol in the urine for every one part of alcohol in the blood. However, this ratio can vary significantly among individuals. Also, it may take up to two hours after alcohol consumption for alcohol to be detectable in the blood.

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    Blood alcohol content (BAC), or blood alcohol concentration, is the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood. BAC can be mathematically estimated or measured with a blood, breath, or urine test. A blood alcohol level of 0.01 is considered low, while 0.4 and higher is toxic and potentially deadly.

    When a person consumes alcohol it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Then the liver breaks down (metabolizes) the alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized more slowly than it is absorbed. Because it takes longer for alcohol to metabolized, consumption must be controlled in order to prevent alcohol from accumulating in the body and causing intoxication.

    BAC is used to determine an individual's intoxication level, and it provides an estimate of his/her level of impairment. When individuals consume alcohol, their judgment, coordination, concentration, alertness, speech, and ability to feel sensations become impaired. The more an individual drinks, the more impaired these functions become.

    It is illegal for individuals to drive with BAC levels of 0.08 and higher in the United States. States may have stricter laws for individuals younger than 21 years old. Some states have zero tolerance laws for this age group that allow underage people to be convicted of driving under the influence with virtually any amount of alcohol in the bloodstream.

    The amount of alcohol varies in different types of alcoholic drinks. In general, a 12-ounce beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, and 1.5-ounce shot of hard liquor are considered equivalent.

    The length of time that elapses between drinks is also an important factor. The quicker an individual drinks alcoholic beverages, the more intoxicated he/she is going to become. This is because the body needs time to metabolize the alcohol. It is generally accepted that consuming two standard alcoholic beverages increases the average person's BAC by about 0.05% in about one hour. Limiting alcohol intake to one drink per hour after the first two drinks are consumed will keep the BAC near 0.05%.

    Individuals should not consume any alcoholic beverages before driving or operating heavy machinery.

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