BAC Levels and Effects: 0.25 – 0.4
Welcome back! We’ll be rounding up this set of blogs by covering the final and recognized BAC levels. The first two were great resources for anyone interested in reading more about how different levels of intoxication can affect both mental and physical behavior, as well as what should be expected when in that particular range. These next few are the most extreme, and can lead to full blown alcohol poisoning, coma, and even death.
- 0.25 BAC: At this level, you might have experienced what people refer to as “blacking out,” where you temporarily suffer from memory loss, and cannot recall certain events, conversations, actions, or the entirety of the evening or day. This is also the level where, if you have become ill due to alcohol, have a greater chance of choking on your own vomit, and are more likely to experience increased asphyxiation. Unfortunately, your gag reflex is also impaired at a level this high. You are also more likely to suffer from alcohol poisoning, which needs professional and medical attention.
- 0.30 BAC: When you’re in this level, you experience a state of absolute stupor. While many people don’t reach this level, it’s extremely dangerous. People with a BAC of 0.3 might pass out unexpectedly, and would be difficult to wake up, let alone wake up on their own at all.
- 0.35 BAC: Not only does someone at this level of intoxication have alcohol poisoning, but their body might begin to shut down, resulting in a coma. Usually, a coma of this intensity is equal to the level of anesthesia people receive right before an invasive surgery.
- 0.4 BAC and Greater: This is the worst possible level when it comes to intoxication. Not only is someone more than likely in a coma, but there is a high chance that someone in this range will not survive or ever wake up. In these cases, alcohol induced deaths are most often linked to respiratory arrests.
It is never a good idea to drink and drive. Likewise, it is never a good idea to drink so heavily that it puts you in physical harm. Not only does this affect you, but it affects your friends and family, as well. Be smart when it comes to drinking because the more you drink, the greater the legal consequences you will suffer.
To learn more about BAC effects in great detail, check out this previous post on the subject.