What factors affect my BAC?

Few people understand the variables involved in how your body processes alcohol. There is a common misconception that I can have x number of drinks and be safe to drive. Here is a little interesting info:

  • The number of drinks. The more you drink, the higher the BAC.
  • How fast you drink. When alcohol is consumed quickly, you will reach a higher BAC than when it is consumed over a longer period of time
  • Your gender. Women generally have less water and more body fat per pound of body weight than men. Alcohol does not enter fat cells as easily as other cells, so more alcohol remains in the blood of women.
  • Your weight. The more you weigh, the more water is present in your body. This water dilutes the alcohol and lowers the BAC.
  • Food in your stomach. Absorption will be slowed if you’ve had something to eat as the alcohol will have less direct contact with the stomach lining.
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