Facts About BAC

Alcoholic beverages

Your blood alcohol content (BAC) primarily depends on

  • How much alcohol you drink
  • How much time passes between drinks
  • Your weight

Your BAC does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can "hold your liquor."

It takes only a few drinks to raise your BAC to illegal levels. Eating before or while you drink slows alcohol absorption somewhat, but it cannot prevent you from becoming intoxicated if you have too many drinks. Coffee and cold showers cannot reduce your BAC and the effects of alcohol. They might help you stay awake, but it cannot affect your BAC or make you sober. The only way to effectively reduce your BAC is to spend time without drinking. You must allow your body enough time to absorb and dispose of the alcohol.