Learn More About Your Own Limits With Our Blood Alcohol Chart

The Canadian government takes impaired driving very seriously. In Edmonton, you can potentially have your license suspended if you drive with any alcohol in your blood at all. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .05% you can expect sanctions, including license suspension and vehicle seizure. Above .08% and you should expect criminal charges.


The Canadian government takes impaired driving very seriously. In Edmonton, you can potentially have your license suspended if you drive with any alcohol in your blood at all. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .05% you can expect sanctions, including license suspension and vehicle seizure. Above .08% and you should expect criminal charges.


If you’ve been charged with impaired driving in northern Alberta or northern Saskatchewan, hire a DUI lawyer. At Haryett & Company, we will advocate for your interests to the fullest extent of the law. If you want to avoid DUIs, here’s some information you should know to prevent it from happening again.


How is BAC Measured?
BAC measures the quantity of ethanol (alcohol) in every 100 millilitres of your blood, or in every 2100 millilitres of your breath. Of course, when you consume alcoholic beverages, the alcohol in your beverage goes into your stomach and eventually, after a few stops along the way, circulates in your blood before being processed by your body’s filtration system (mainly the liver). While in your bloodstream, alcohol has a few different effects on your body. For most people, a BAC between .020% and .059% will make you feel slightly euphoric and maybe impair your judgement a little but it will do no real damage. From .06% upwards, however, signs of impairment become more obvious and can negatively impact the ability to perform complex tasks, such as operating a motor vehicle. Above .1% BAC you may have significant difficulty doing regular activities and may suffer some physical effect. At .2% people start blacking out and at .25% BAC, you may be getting closer to alcohol poisoning.

Of course, exactly what kind of effect alcohol will have on you at various BAC levels varies from person to person, and can be dependent upon the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumed. The most significant categories that determine alcohol’s effect on us are our weight, sex, and body fat percentage. Typically, alcohol has a faster and more serious effect on smaller people with low body fat percentages.

While a good night’s rest, after consuming alcohol, may leave you feeling refreshed, and not suffering the effects, your BAC may, depending on the amount consumed, still, hours later, exceed the legal limit. The average adult eliminates alcohol at a rate between 10 and 20 milligrams of alcohol per hour.

Know Your Limits
The easiest way to avoid impaired driving, the need for a DUI lawyer, and a difficult time with the police is to simply not drive after you’ve been drinking. Know that one of alcohol’s effects is to impair your judgment. If you know you’re going to be drinking, don’t trust your future self. Plan your ride before you start. That being said, we at Haryett & Company know that accidents can happen. That’s why we’ve provided this handy blood alcohol chart that can help you estimate when you have too much alcohol in your bloodstream.

If you’ve been charged with impaired driving, contact us at Haryett & Company for a DUI lawyer that will represent your interests in an Alberta or Saskatchewan court. You deserve the best defence possible and you can get it with Haryett & Company.

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