How Long Should I Wait After Drinking To Drive Home?

Some people say you’re fine to drive if you have only had one or two drinks. Others say that it depends on how much you weigh or how old you are. Some people believe if they feel like they are not drunk, then it’s okay for them to drive. The truth is that you need to know what your blood alcohol level is in order to know when and if it’s okay for you to drive.

How much alcohol is in your blood stream is known as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Since the alcohol in your body is metabolized at a rate of 0.015 per hour, you can figure out your BAC and then divide by 0.015. To figure out your BAC, you would have to factor in your age, weight, gender, how many drinks you’ve had, and how long you’ve been drinking. This is tricky for some who are sober, let alone those who are intoxicated.

Although many factors contribute to your BAC (such as your physical and emotional conditions), one of the easiest ways to figure this out is to find a blood alcohol calculator. You can simply google “blood alcohol calculator” and click on one of the links. It’s even easier if you download a free app on your cell phone, such as BAC Estimator. If you are not okay to drive, it can even utilize your location services to help you find a taxi.

With the help of this app, you answer the questions and the app does the work for you. For example, one could answer that she is female, weighs 165 lbs., and has had one drink over the course of an hour. The calculator computes and finds that this female is fine to drive since her BAC is at approximately 0.013, under the legal limit (which is 0.08).

Although these BAC calculators should not be relied on as completely scientifically accurate, they can give you a good sense of whether or not you are too intoxicated to drive. If you are in doubt whether you are buzzed, it is best to stay off the road. As always, the best advice is to have a designated driver if you plan on drinking at all.

Even if you were sober, or had a designated driver drive you home, you may still be involved and injured in a serious drunk driving accident in Florida due to an intoxicated driver sharing the road with you. If you were injured, you should find out about your rights and learn how to hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries and damages. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer today in a complimentary consultation.