Blood Alcohol Level and DUI

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Blood Alcohol Levels.

Under Florida law, DUI is determined with an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. With a BAC of .07-.09 you have reduced judgment and self control and your caution, reasoning and memory are impaired. At this level, you will probably believe you are functioning better than you are.


The effects of alcohol intoxication are greatly influenced by individual variations of alcohol among users. Some users may become intoxicated at a much lower Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level than is shown below, based on body weight and food intake. This is a guideline for reference only.

0.02-0.03 BAC: No loss of coordination, slight euphoria and loss of shyness. Depressant effects are not yet apparent. Mildly relaxed and maybe a bit lightheaded.

0.04-0.06 BAC: General feeling of well-being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, a sensation of warmth. Euphoria and some minor impairment of reasoning and memory, lowering of caution. Your behavior may become exaggerated and emotions intensified (Good emotions are better, bad emotions are getting worse)

0.07-0.09 BAC: Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. More euphoria. Judgment and self-control are reduced and caution, reason and memory are impaired, .08 is legally impaired and it is illegal to drive at this level. You will probably believe that you are functioning better than you really are.

0.10-0.125 BAC: Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction time and hearing will be impaired.

0.13-0.15 BAC: Gross motor impairment and lack of complete physical control. Blurred vision and a major loss of balance. Euphoria is now reduced and dysphoria (anxiety, restlessness) is beginning to appear. Judgment and perception are now severely impaired.

0.16-0.19 BAC:  Anxiety predominates, nausea may start to appear. The drinker has the appearance of a “sloppy drunk.”

0.20 BAC: Felling dazed, confused or otherwise generally disoriented. May need help to stand up or walk. If you injure yourself you may not feel any pain. Some people experience nausea and vomiting at this level. The gag reflex is impaired and you can choke if you do vomit. Blackouts are very likely at this level so you may not remember what has happened.

0.25 BAC: All mental, physical and sensory functions are severely impaired. Increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of seriously injuring yourself by falls or other accidents.

0.30 BAC: STUPOR. You have little comprehension of where you are. You may pass out suddenly and be difficult to awaken.

0.35 BAC: Coma is possible. This is the level of surgical anesthesia.

0.40 BAC and up: Onset of coma, and possible death due to respiratory arrest.

Avoid the pitfalls of overindulging:

Be a responsible drinker.

Have a designated driver.

Call Janet Johnson if you need legal representation:  904-634-8991