What's Your Drink Number?

Everyone's number is different, so you should take a few minutes to calculate yours.  The rule of thumb is to always keep your BAC (which stands for Blood Alcohol Content) below 0.08, which on average is about 1 drink for women, and 2 drinks for men.  For some, this might come as a shock... but this is what is considered drinking in "moderation" per federal guidelines and supported by health research. 

Effects of different BAC levels

Now that you know how to calculate BAC, see how alcohol affects your body at different levels.

0.02 - 0.03 Legal definition of intoxication for people under 21 years of age. Few obvious effects; slight intensification of mood.

0.05 - 0.06 Feeling of warmth, relaxation, mild sedation; exaggeration of emotion and behavior; slight decrease in reaction time and in fine-muscle coordination; impaired judgment about continued drinking.

0.07 - 0.09 More noticeable speech impairment and disturbance of balance; impaired motor coordination, hearing and vision; feeling of elation or depression; increased confidence; may not recognize impairment.

0.08 Legal definition of intoxication in R.I. for people 21 years and older.

0.11 - 0.12 Coordination and balance becoming difficult; distinct impairment of mental faculties and judgment.

0.14 - 0.15 Major impairment of mental and physical control; slurred speech, blurred vision and lack of motor skills.

0.20 Loss of motor control; must have assistance standing or walking; mental confusion.

0.30 and higher Severe intoxication; potential loss of consciousness; needs hospitalization, risk of death.


1 Standard Drink

Because drinks contain different amounts of alcohol, you need to be aware of how to calculate a "Standard Drink".  Use this table to learn and prepare yourself for the next time you go out with friends.