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What is blood alcohol content testing?

When a person drinks and drives, there is a good chance that he or she will be involved in an accident. The police will administer what is called a blood alcohol concentration test. Alcohol is absorbed through the walls of the stomach directly into the bloodstream and travels quickly through the body to the brain. Blood alcohol concentration can be measured within 30 to 70 minutes following a person's drinking.

It really doesn't matter what type of alcohol you drink because a typical drink has a half ounce of alcohol in it. One shot of a distilled spirit like whiskey or scotch, one glass of wine and one beer all have the same amount of alcohol in them.

Your BAC is affected by how many alcoholic beverages you had, your gender, your weight and even by the food in your stomach. Women get drunk faster than men because they have less water weight in their system and more fat cells than men. Fat doesn't hold alcohol so more of the alcohol will stay in the blood stream. The bigger you are, the more alcohol it is going to take to make you drunk. Also, absorption will slow down if you have eaten before you drink.

Of course, if you have ever been involved in a car accident when you have been drinking, you know how difficult it can be to get out from under these charges. The best advice is to admit nothing and be cooperative. Calling in an experienced attorney can make a huge difference. Remember, ask for an attorney, say nothing and be cooperative with the police. This will all work in your favor.

If you plan on driving after you drink, you need to ensure that you are not impaired by drugs also. Having both alcohol and drugs in your system will surely cause your driving skills to be affected. Knowing that you can call in a legal representative who has a complete familiarity of the laws of Kansas can help you if you are charged with drunk driving.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The ABCs of BAC," accessed Nov. 02, 2015

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