This chart shows how a drinker’s behavior may change as BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) levels increase. Remember, these are general guidelines, but will vary from person to person.
|BAC Level %||Change in Drinker’s Behavior|
|0.01 – 0.02||The drinker feels relaxed, with a minor impairment of judgment and memory. Usually no apparent changes in behavior are noted.|
|0.03 – 0.04||There is some loss of judgment and efficiency. Alertness is decreased. Small behavioral changes begin to be noticed.|
|0.05 – 0.06||Inhibitions are lowered. Decision-making skills are affected. the drinker begins to have less control over actions and emotions.|
|0.07 – 0.08||Walking, talking and balance are visibly affected. The drinker’s ability to react is notably slower.
A BAC of 0.08% is considered legally intoxicated in some states, including New Jersey.
|0.09 – 0.10||Vision, judgment, speech and reaction times are all severely affected. loss of balance is common.
A BAC of 0.10% is considered legally intoxicated in some states.
|0.11 – 0.15||Judgment, memory, and self control are further affected. Irresponsible behavior and exaggerated mood swings are evident. There is a decrease in the drinker’s ability to sense pain.|
|0.16 – 0.19||The drinker’s behavior and speech are greatly affected. There is a lack of motor control, mental confusion, and severe mood swings. The drinker is unable to perform ordinary tasks.|
|0.20 – 0.30||The drinker is in a confused state. Unconsciousness may occur. All physical and mental abilities are severely impaired. The central nervous system is acutely depressed.|
|Above 0.30||The drinker is unconscious, with an irregular heart beat and breathing pattern. Coma or death are possible as a result of acute alcohol poisoning.|