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What are the factors that affect a person's BAC?

Drunk driving is a serious offense in Louisiana. Most drivers understand how dangerous driving after drinking can be for both themselves and others on the road. But sometimes mistakes happen and a driver may be facing an unexpected drunk driving charge.

Going out with friends and having a few drinks is something that lots of Baton Rouge adults like to do. It can be difficult to know how much alcohol is too much. There are many factors that can affect a person's BAC. One is how quickly a person drinks. The faster they drink the quicker they will become intoxicated. Also, those who are heavier may have more blood in which they can dilute the alcohol. If a person has eaten, it can affect their BAC as well.

Drinking on a full stomach can slow the absorption of alcohol. The effects of the alcohol will still occur but at a slower rate. The type of alcohol consumed can also affect BAC. In general, the higher the alcohol concentration of a beverage, the faster the alcohol will hit the blood stream. The medications a person takes can also greatly affect their BAC level. Also, those who have been drinking longer may have a higher tolerance for alcohol but it does not mean that their BAC remains lower.

Prudent drinking is the best way to avoid a drunk driving charge. But, if a Baton Rouge driver is facing this serious circumstance, they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in criminal defense. A drunk driving conviction can bring a driver high fines, license suspension, and even jail time. An attorney understands how serious these charges can be and how they can have a great effect on a person's professional and personal life. They can aggressively defend their client against these charges and work with the prosecution to have the charges reduced or even dismissed.

A DWI conviction in Louisiana can be life-altering. It if important for those facing these charges to understand their legal rights.

Source: lifeloc.com, "Factors affecting BAC", accessed on June 13, 2017

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