Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is defined in terms of the weight of ethanol (Ethyl alcohol) in a volume of blood or breath. In the United States the typical measure is “grams of ethanol in 100 milliliters of blood” or in 210 liters of breath. BAC is typically reported as a percentage such 0.10 or 0.245. It is also referred to as blood alcohol content and blood alcohol level.
Our BAC calculator is newly released and digitally designed for determining both BAC as well as how long alcohol might stay in the system.
The BAC calculator quickly computes approximately what the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) might be at the end of a drinking session. The BAC calculator also estimates the time it could take to metabolize that level of BAC to zero. The answers should not be taken as absolute, as every person is different.
How It Works
Click on the BACulator icon (left) and fill-in these questions:
- Number of Drinks
- Hours Spent Drinking
Then click the “calculate” button and that’s it, fast and easy. The results will be displayed as the estimated BAC at the end of drinking and the estimated time when the BAC might go to 0.0000.
NEVER DRINK & DRIVE
Even a small amount of alcohol can impair the judgement, timing and coordination of someone’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.
How BAC Effects Behavior & Impairment Chart
Here is a chart showing how the BAC can effect someone’s behavior.
*chart courtesy of Wikipedia
The BAC Calculator Formula
The formula used here incorporates a BAC calculation procedure provided courtesy of Herbert Moskowitz, Ph.D., a noted alcohol researcher. These calculations are based on the National Safety Board, Department of Transportation’s formulation.
Time Spent Drinking
Once the BAC is computed based on the above variables, the percentage of alcohol metabolized during drinking time is subtracted. (note: this formula uses what is considered a conservative basis of .012 per hour decline in the level of alcohol in the body).
Other Related Elements and Factors
There are other aspects of calculating BAC, which are not factored into our calculations. these include age, tolerance and physical fitness. These variabilities could produce a small fraction of error in the final BAC calculations. Here is how they might affect the outcome of our formulation.
Age: Younger people have a higher proportion of body water as a fraction of their total weight, and older people have less. So, a younger person may potentially have a lower BAC than an older person.
Physical Fitness: Individuals who may be overweight may have a smaller proportion of their body weight as water. Lean people tend to have a larger fraction of their body weight as water. Therefore, overweight people could have a higher BAC than our formula indicates.
Tolerance: A person who is a regular drinker, will have higher tolerance for metabolizing alcohol than someone who is not.
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