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Do You Know How Much Alcohol Your Favorite Drink Contains?

You were only going to have one drink when you met your friends at that restaurant in Old Town Fairfax, but one turned into two—and two turned into four or five. You think you feel sober enough to drive yourself home; after all, you were eating too. If you are pulled over and blow into a breath machine that reads your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level as higher than 0.08 gd/l, you may go to jail.

BAC refers to the milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood. For example, .10 BAC is one part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood. Police officers can measure this by conducting blood tests, but they often use the breath machines to give on-the-spot results.

What Does it Take to Raise Your BAC?

The amount of alcohol it takes to become legally intoxicated varies for each person. The weight, gender, age, and even metabolic rate of the person comes into play when determining how many drinks it takes to get drunk. The type of drink and how much alcohol it contains also plays a role. Here, we take a look at popular drinks and offer you helpful hints about how to determine the amount of alcohol that is in it:

  • Beer. Typically, the darker the beer and more bitter it tastes, the more alcohol it contains. Light lagers are typically about 4.2 percent alcohol by volume. Regular lager is 4.5 percent and ice is 5.5 percent. Ales are generally around 4.5 percent and stouts/porters are around 6.5 percent.
  • Wine. Except for chardonnay, which is usually made of 12.5 percent alcohol, red wines typically have higher alcohol amounts than its white counterparts. For instance, red wines usually contain 13 percent alcohol, whereas white wines only have about 10 percent. Additionally, sweeter wines typically contain less alcohol than those that are dry.

Do You Need Help?

If you are facing DUI or DWI charges, the Easley Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today by calling 888.386.3898 to learn how.


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