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What is BAC?

On Behalf of | May 25, 2020 | DUI

As a criminal defense attorney, we represent our clients in a number of DUI cases. In order receive representation from one of the best DUI attorneys that Indianapolis has to offer. Give our office a call at 317-721-4783.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Unfortunately, nothing can lower BAC except time; coffee, cold showers, and chugging glasses of water will not help you sober up any faster. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) refers to the percent of alcohol (ethyl alcohol or ethanol) in a person’s blood stream. A BAC of .10% means that an individual’s blood supply contains one part alcohol for every 1000 parts blood.

In Indiana, a person is legally intoxicated if he/she has a BAC of .08% or higher.

Factors that determine BAC

  • Number of standard drinks (see below)
  • Amount of time in which drinks are consumed
  • Body weight
  • Biological Sex
  • Medications
  • Food (to a lesser extent)

One standard drink

  • One 12 oz. regular beer (4.5% alcohol)
  • One 7 oz. malt liquor (7% alcohol)
  • One 5 oz. glass of wine (12% alcohol)
  • One 1.5 oz. shot of hard liquor (40% alcohol)
  • One-third jigger (.5 oz.) of Everclear (95% alcohol)

More than one standard drink

  • One 16 oz. cup of beer = 1.4 drinks
  • One 40 oz. beer = 3.6 drinks
  • One 22 oz. malt liquor = 3 drinks
  • One 12 oz. glass of wine = 2.9 drinks
  • One 12 oz. margarita = 2–4 drinks, depending on ingredients
  • One 12 oz. cup of trashcan punch = 4–10 drinks, depending on ingredients

The Wrong BAC Can Land You in Jail

If you are arrested with a BAC over .08% you can end up with a fine, jail time, probation, and/or community service. Call a criminal attorney Denise Turner at a call at 317-721-4783.