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Factors that can affect your blood alcohol content

If you get pulled over for drinking and driving, you could face severe penalties. For example, you could lose your driving privileges, have to spend time in jail and pay a significant fine.

You could face these penalties if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08% in the state of Texas, states the Texas Department of Transportation. But it can be hard to know whether you reached or exceeded this legal limit while drinking because so many factors can affect your BAC.

Your age

The effects of alcohol on your body become more pronounced as you age. If you and a person older than you drank the same amount of alcohol, your BAC level would likely remain lower than that other person.

Your rate of consumption

The liver can metabolize approximately one alcoholic beverage per hour. The faster you consume alcohol, the faster your BAC level will rise, making it more likely that you could face charges for a DWI.

Your hunger level

When you have food in your stomach, it slows the rate at which alcohol absorbs into your bloodstream. If you start consuming alcohol on an empty stomach, your BAC level will likely be higher than if you had eaten before you started drinking.

There are many other factors besides these that can affect how quickly your body processes alcohol and how fast your BAC level rises. These include your gender, your emotional state, your body type, any medications you take and your personal metabolism.

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