Under Missouri law, you generally can be charged with DWI if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or greater. This standard is lower for minors and operators of commercial motor vehicles. Being mindful of these limits, many people wonder how many drinks they can have before they run the risk of DWI if they drive. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, since various factors can impact a BAC.
Some of the factors that can affect your BAC differ according to the individual. For instance, age, gender, weight, fat/muscle content, hydration, metabolism, emotional state, overall health, and alcohol tolerance all are factors that can impact your BAC. The amount of food that you have consumed and any medications that you regularly take also can affect your BAC. This means that if you and another person consume the same number of identical drinks within the same timeframe, your BAC still might be different than the BAC of the other person.
Other factors depend are not unique to the individual, but they are different according to the situation in which you are drinking. These factors may include:
- The rate of alcohol consumption
- The carbonation of drinks
- The amount of alcohol in each drink
- The number of drinks
- The type of alcohol in each drink
Since there are so many factors that potentially can impact your BAC, it may be impossible to accurately predict your BAC based on the number of drinks that you have had. Since the consequences of even a first-time DWI can be so harsh, it is likely best to err on the side of caution and simply refrain from driving after you have consumed any alcohol at all. This removes the possibility of you being charged with DWI if stopped and your BAC measures higher than you think. When you are charged with any type of DWI or alcohol-related offense, you will need an experienced DWI defense attorney to represent your interests from the very beginning of your case. We are here to look at the facts of your case, explore your options, and build the strongest defense possible on your behalf. Contact the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, at (816) 322-8008 and set up an appointment to speak with us today.