If you get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you could face serious penalties. Some of these consequences could include the requirement to pay a fine, spend time in jail or complete community service.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, you could face penalties for a DWI if your blood alcohol content level meets or exceeds 0.08%. However, it can be difficult to tell if you have exceeded this legal limit because of the many factors that affect your BAC level.
How fast you consume alcohol
Your body can only metabolize alcohol at a certain rate. If you drink alcohol quickly, your BAC level will rise faster than if you sipped your alcoholic beverage slowly over a longer period of time.
Whether you eat before you start drinking
If you have food in your stomach while you drink alcohol, it will travel into your bloodstream slower than if you drank on an empty stomach. For this reason, if you eat before you drink alcohol, you will likely have a lower BAC level than if you waited to eat or did not eat while drinking.
Females have less water content in their bodies than males, so this increases their BAC level. When compared with drinking the same number of alcoholic beverages, a woman will typically have a higher BAC level than a man.
Other factors that can affect your BAC level include your stress level, mood, prescriptions you take and other individual circumstances. If you face conviction for a DWI, take legal steps to defend your rights in light of this legal situation.