Living Wild February 2014 : Page 3

Q I know the DUI level is .08 BAC. How would I know if I was close to that? Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) Typical physical effects Relaxation, some loss of judgment, altered mood. Usually good feeling, decreased inhibitions, exaggerated behavior, slowed reaction time, lowered alertness. Impairment of judgment & memory, muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, vision & hearing). This BAC level is considered DUI in all 50 states. Slurred speech, slowed thinking, clear decrease in reaction time. Person is 10X more likely to cause a fatal accident if driving. Balance and movement substantially impaired, difficulty walking and talking. Person is 25X more likely to cause a fatal accident if driving. BAC at or above this level is “Extreme DUI” in Arizona. Trouble standing, double vision, vomiting & “blackout” possible. Person is 100X more likely to cause a fatal accident if driving. May pass out, have memory loss, stupor, tremors, cool body temperature. May have trouble breathing, coma, respiratory & cardiac arrest. Death possible. 0.02 0.05 with an alcohol tolerance) the table to the right serves as a guide. Most “social drinkers” (1-2 drinks) rarely reach a BAC above 0.05. For the average drinker (not . A someone who is a heavy drinker 0.08 0.10 0.15 0.20 Got a ques on about alcohol? Email it to redcup@email.arizona.edu The Red Cup Q&A is wri en by Lynn Reyes, LCSW, LSAC, David Salafsky, MPH, Lee Ann Hamilton, MA, CHES, and Spencer Gorin, RN, in the Health Promo on and Preven ve Services (HPPS) department of the UA Campus Health Service. 0.30 0.40 + Get the latest RedCup Q&A delivered to your inbox every Tuesday! 3 www.health.arizona.edu • 520.621.6490

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