Blood Alcohol Content in DUI
If you or someone you know is facing a drunk driving charge due to a high BAL (blood alcohol level) result, it's important to remember that conviction is not a certainty. There are many defenses that a skilled defense lawyer can use to help establish weakness in the prosecution's case against you. It is important, therefore, to retain the services of a drunk driving defense attorney in Fort Walton who has the skill and experience to ensure that your case is aggressively and effectively represented.
How is Alcohol Absorbed by the Body?
Alcohol is absorbed into the blood through the stomach and small intestine. Here, alcohol enters blood vessels lining the walls of both. The vast majority of alcohol absorption – roughly 80% – takes place in the small intestine. Once it is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is metabolized by enzymes in the liver.
These enzymes break alcohol down at the rate of about one ounce of alcohol every hour. This is equivalent to one drink. If a person drinks more than one ounce of alcohol an hour, the liver cannot break all of the alcohol down fast enough.
When this happens, the amount of alcohol in the blood increases, resulting in varying degrees of drunkenness depending on how much alcohol a person has consumed. This is why a person can drink a number of shots quickly but remain drunk hours later.
Alcohol Content in Various Drinks
While some foreign and micro-brewed domestic beers have more alcohol content than many popular brand name beers, in general, a 12-ounce beer is the equivalent of one drink.
One shot of whiskey, scotch, vodka, bourbon, and or other 80-proof hard alcohol is equivalent to one drink. A typical 5-ounce glass of red or white wine usually has about 1 ounce of alcohol in it as well.
Alcohol and its Effect on the Body
Alcohol is a depressant, affecting the body’s central nervous system. In contrast to stimulants, depressants slow down the body’s normal functioning. As a result, as more alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, a person’s reaction time decreases, motor skills and coordination are impeded, and thinking and speech confused. In cases involving alcohol poisoning, breathing slows down and a person slips into a coma.
Your BAC will depend on your bodyweight, how much you drink, and the time period involved.
Consult with a DUI Defense Lawyer Today
If you are facing drunk driving charges, do yourself a favor and consult with a Fort Walton Beach DUI defense attorney immediately. A positive reading on a blood test does not necessarily mean you were drunk or the charges against you will hold up in court. Give me a call today at (850) 243-6097 to find out how I can help you. I am available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.