Officers use blood alcohol content (BAC) levels to determine if you are too drunk to drive. The typical legal limit is 0.08 percent. But BAC levels are not an exact science. Alcohol impacts every body in a different way, too.
It might come as a surprise, but your BAC level does not necessarily reflect how drunk you feel. This can easily impact how safe you are on the road.
What does “euphoric” level feel like?
Healthline examines what different BAC levels often feel like. 0.08 percent falls under the category known as “euphoria”. This level covers BAC levels of 0.03 to 0.12 percent. You can enter this stage as early as one or two drinks in as a woman, or up to three drinks in as a man. You may also know this as the tipsy stage.
At this stage, most people experience a boost in confidence. Many talk a lot more, feeling the need to chat with others. You will also experience lowered inhibitions and reaction times.
Why does alcohol hit everyone differently?
Many different factors affect how strong alcohol hits you, though. They include your body size, sex, age, how much food you ate beforehand and the overall experience you have with alcohol. For one person, a 0.08 percent may not feel like intoxication at all. For another, they may feel intoxicated as low as 0.02 percent.
It is impossible to tell your BAC level based on how you feel alone. Because of this, experts insist that it is dangerous to drink and drive no matter how sober you feel or how few drinks you had.