The more you drink, the more alcohol has an effect on you. Depending on your weight, gender, and height, a few drinks may be your legal limit.
Here, we have outlined how you feel as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) continues to rise.
BAC Level: Effects:
0.02 - 0.03% No loss of coordination, slight euphoria and loss of shyness.
Depressant effects are not apparent.
0.04 - 0.06% Feeling of well being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, sensation
of warmth. Euphoria. Some minor impairment of reasoning
and memory, lowering of caution.
0.07 - 0.09% Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time,
and hearing. Euphoria. Judgment and self-control are
reduced; and caution, reason, and memory are impaired.
0.10 - 0.125% Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good
judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction
time and hearing will be impaired. Euphoria.
0.13 - 0.15% Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred
vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reduced, and
dysphoria is beginning to appear.
0.16 - 0.20% Dysphoria predominates; nausea may appear. The drinker has
the appearance of a "sloppy drunk."
0.25% Needs assistance in walking; total mental confusion.
Dysphoria with nausea and some vomiting.
0.30% Loss of consciousness.
0.40% and up Onset of coma, possible death due to respiratory arrest.Adapted from Drug Use in America Society, 2nd ed., 1988 by William J. Bailey (Minneapolis: Burgess Publishing Company). Used with permission.Alcoholism Risk Factors
The presence of one of these risk factors is suggestive of an increased risk of alcoholism.
- Family history of alcoholism or other drug abuse.
- Heavy alcohol abuse for more than one year.
- Drinking to intoxication before the age of 15.
- More than two drinking incidents per year that result in serious adverse consequences, such as an arrest, fight, blackout, nausea, etc.
- Consumption of tobacco in any form.
- Seeking out events at which alcohol will be served.
- Most of your friends are heavy drinkers.