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What does BAC stand for?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | DUI |

The police may ask to test your BAC during a traffic stop. Your BAC helps the police determine whether you’re driving under the influence of alcohol. 

But, what is BAC? BAC stands for blood alcohol content. BAC is the amount of alcohol that is found in your blood. There’s more you should understand about your BAC:

Understanding your blood alcohol content

Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, which reaches the body and the brain. The result causes people to act differently than when they were sober. Some people feel happy, while others may be aggressive after drinking. But, alcohol mostly affects motor functions and can cause people to move slowly, have poor judgment, experience visual issues and hinder focus – everyone’s experiences are unique.

Your blood alcohol content can be determined by three methods: breath, blood and urine. While blood testing is generally the most accurate to determine your BAC and urine tests are often inaccurate, law enforcement typically uses breath tests. 

A breath test, which is also called a breathalyzer, is a handheld device. This device resembles a hand radio. The test works by having the driver breathe into a straw-like port. Most officers carry a breathalyzer, making it the fastest and easiest method.

After using a breath test, the device will reveal how much alcohol is in someone’s body. The more alcohol someone has had, the higher the BAC will show. A BAC that is above the legal limit of 0.08% can lead to a DUI/DWI offense. In some cases, a BAC that is below 0.08% can still lead to a criminal conviction.

Reducing your BAC before driving

Your blood alcohol content rises shortly after drinking. It’s reasonable to try and reduce your BAC after drinking if you have to drive. After all, you don’t want to get a DUI/DWI charge. 

Are there ways you can reduce your BAC? 

Some people believe that drinking coffee can reduce your BAC. However, there isn’t any scientific evidence to back this up. Likewise, eating and exercising may not help you lower your BAC.

The best way to reduce your BAC is by getting a full night’s rest. Your BAC will naturally lower as your body processes it. 

Getting legal help

A DUI/DWI can greatly impact your permanent record and cause a license suspension, fines and incarceration. Being aware of your legal rights can help you when fighting against a DUI/DWI charge.