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Can You Tell What Your Blood Alcohol Is Without A Breath Test?

As we grow older, we tend to get to know our bodies better. We know that if we do certain exercises we will be sore the next morning. We know what will happen if we don’t get enough sleep. And we also become fairly good judges of how much alcohol it takes before we are intoxicated. Or so we think.

New Jersey law states that anyone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher will be charged with driving while intoxicated, but what does a 0.08 really feel like? It depends on the person and, while many of us think we know when we have had too much, we are often wrong about our actual blood alcohol concentration. And since police officers don’t care so much about how you are acting under the influence of alcohol (at least after you have been stopped), but only what your blood alcohol levels are, it really doesn’t matter how you feel, just what your numbers are.

A DWI is not a minor offense, either, despite what some people may say. If someone is convicted of DWI, he or she will likely be charged high fines and could even be sent to jail, especially if it is not his or her first offense. Moreover, individuals can lose their driver’s licenses and will certainly develop a criminal record.

So, does this mean you should never drink? No, certainly not. What it does mean, however, is that we all need to recognize that we aren’t always the best judges of how alcohol affects us and what our blood alcohol concentrations are.

Source: The Huffington Post, “DUI: No, We Really Don’t Know Ourselves!” Saul Segan, May 16, 2014

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