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  • ILLEGAL BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (BAC) IN GEORGIA

    Legal v. Illegal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in Georgia

    In Georgia, drivers can be tested to determine their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) using (1) an alcosensor (to determine the presence of alcohol); (2) a breathalyzer; and/or (3) blood testing. The first two testing methods are not as accurate as the last method. It is not uncommon for test results to produce false positives.

    In Georgia, it is illegal to drive/operate a moving vehicle with a (BAC) of .08 or higher. The normal body can metabolize between .015 and .020 percent  (BAC) per hour. The following chart uses a conservative .016 percent BAC. The chart is intended to give you an idea of the number of hours it takes for men and women to reach zero (BAC), i.e. no blood alcohol content.

    Body Wt.

    Total Number of Drinks

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    100 lbs

    0.04

    0.08

    0.11

    0.15

    0.19

    0.23

    0.26

    0.30

    0.34

    0.38

    0.41

    0.45

    110 lbs

    0.03

    0.07

    0.10

    0.14

    0.17

    0.21

    0.24

    0.28

    0.31

    0.34

    0.38

    0.41

    120 lbs

    0.03

    0.06

    0.09

    0.13

    0.16

    0.19

    0.22

    0.25

    0.28

    0.31

    0.34

    0.38

    130 lbs

    0.03

    0.06

    0.09

    0.12

    0.15

    0.17

    0.20

    0.23

    0.26

    0.29

    0.32

    0.35

    140 lbs

    0.03

    0.05

    0.08

    0.11

    0.13

    0.16

    0.19

    0.21

    0.24

    0.27

    0.30

    0.32

    150 lbs

    0.03

    0.05

    0.08

    0.10

    0.13

    0.15

    0.18

    0.20

    0.23

    0.25

    0.28

    0.30

    160 lbs

    0.02

    0.05

    0.07

    0.09

    0.12

    0.14

    0.16

    0.19

    0.21

    0.23

    0.26

    28.00

    170 lbs

    0.02

    0.05

    0.07

    0.09

    0.11

    0.13

    0.16

    0.18

    0.20

    0.22

    0.24

    0.27

    180 lbs

    0.02

    0.04

    0.06

    0.08

    0.10

    0.13

    0.15

    0.17

    0.19

    0.21

    0.23

    0.25

    190 lbs

    0.02

    0.04

    0.06

    0.08

    0.10

    0.12

    0.14

    0.16

    0.18

    0.20

    0.22

    0.24

    200 lbs

    0.02

    0.04

    0.06

    0.08

    0.09

    0.11

    0.13

    0.15

    0.17

    0.19

    0.21

    0.23

    210 lbs

    0.18

    0.04

    0.05

    0.07

    0.09

    0.11

    0.13

    0.14

    0.16

    0.18

    0.20

    0.22

    220 lbs

    0.02

    0.03

    0.05

    0.07

    0.09

    0.10

    0.12

    0.14

    0.15

    0.17

    0.19

    0.21

    230 lbs

    0.02

    0.03

    0.05

    0.07

    0.08

    0.10

    0.12

    0.13

    0.15

    0.16

    0.18

    0.20

    240 lbs

    0.02

    0.03

    0.05

    0.06

    0.08

    0.09

    0.11

    0.13

    0.14

    0.16

    0.17

    0.19

    To use this chart:

    1         Count the number of drinks you had, i.e. one drink equals 1 oz of 100 proof liquor, 12 oz beer, or 5 oz of wine;

    2         The chart highlights the maximum BAC for the number of drinks and your body weight;

    3         Subtract from the percent blood alcohol content the amount of alcohol eliminated since the time of the first drink, using the average elimination rate of .015% per hour.

    **This article is for informational purposes and is not intended to serve as a summary of medical or scientific studies.  For answers to specific health questions always consult your primary care physician and/or a competent medical professional.**

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