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Here’s how many drinks it takes to get over the DUI limit

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2020 | Drunk Driving

Most people who get arrested for DUI in Greater Upper Marlboro did not think they were over the legal limit for alcohol. They probably felt like they were okay to drive, but got pulled over by the police. Now they are facing a suspended driver’s license, a large fine and possibly jail time.

Different people hit the limit at different times

While it is not against the law to drive in Maryland with a small amount of alcohol in your system, it can be hard to tell when you have crossed the line to .08 blood-alcohol concentration (BAC), the legal limit. Factors in how strongly alcohol affects you can include your gender and your weight.

For example, for a 140-lb. woman, two drinks would cause her BAC to rise to .07 — not over the limit for a DUI charge, but close. A third drink would put her at .11. But a man who weighs 140 lbs. would be right at .08 after three drinks. Meanwhile, a 180-lb. man would not reach .08 until after consuming four drinks. A woman that weight would be at .10 after that number of drinks.

For most people, having more than two or three drinks within a few hours is risky if they are planning to drive afterward. But it is worth knowing that the larger you are, the less each individual drink is likely to affect you.

Upper Marlboro police are on the lookout to make arrests

Whether you are sure you are safe to drive or not, if a police officer or state trooper pulls you over, they will do everything in their power to prove you are drinking and driving. They will claim to smell alcohol on your breath, have you perform field sobriety tests and order you to take a breathalyzer test. That is why you cannot trust your “gut” when it comes to whether you can drive home from the bar without potentially getting arrested for DUI.