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What factors affect your alcohol absorption rate and BAC

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2021 | dui/dwi |

Many individuals get a DUI in Maryland because they don’t realize that their blood alcohol concentration is higher than the legal limit. There are some things that affect how quickly an individual absorbs alcohol. Here’s more information about some of the factors that affect an individual’s alcohol absorption rate and BAC.


Certain medications may affect how quickly someone is able to absorb alcohol as well as their BAC. Before an individual mixes alcohol with a medication, they should consult with their physician to see if it will affect how quickly they are able to absorb alcohol. If the person doesn’t ask a doctor or pharmacist, they may find themselves feeling very intoxicated after just a drink or two.

Whether or not food was eaten

Many individuals don’t realize that food plays a part in alcohol absorption. Eating food before drinking does generally slow down the absorption of alcohol. For those that want to keep their BAC low, it’s best to eat a meal that is high in protein before they start drinking.

The alcohol content in a drink

Some drinks have a lot more alcohol than others. Many individuals get a DUI because they don’t realize just how high the alcohol content was in certain drinks that they consumed. If you don’t know how much alcohol is in a drink that you are consuming, it’s best to only have one drink per hour in order to keep your BAC low.

There are all sorts of things that can affect a person’s alcohol absorption rate and BAC. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and not get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking.



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