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Ask attorneys in Denver: Can I calculate my own BAC?

Ask attorneys in Denver: Can I calculate my own BAC?

We've written extensively on this blog about the consequences associated with driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Colorado, noting that even those who have no history of criminal activity could face harsh penalties including jail time, fines and probation if convicted of this offense.

In order to avoid a drunk driving charge, it's imperative for individuals to make smart choices before they get behind the wheel. That being said, people often wonder if there are ways to calculate their own blood alcohol content (BAC) to determine whether they're legally permitted to operate a vehicle.

The answer is yes, but it's not quite that simple. Intoximeters, Inc., a company that produces and markets a full line of alcohol breath testing instruments, came up with something called the Drink Wheel, which is essentially an online calculator people can use to figure out their estimated BAC. Upon entering the number of drinks you've had, the type of beverages, your gender and your weight, the Drink Wheel gives you an answer.

However, it's important to note that the estimates given by the Drink Wheel aren't always exact. In fact, the company itself has issued the following disclaimer:

"The results that are generated are from the 'Drink Wheel' are rough estimates of an average healthy person's BAC assuming typical beverage sizes, recipes and alcohol content. The BAC estimates generated by the 'Drink Wheel' should not be used to infer anyone's fitness to work, drive or perform any other task or duty."

While the Drink Wheel can be used as a helpful guide when you've been drinking, it's still up to you to determine whether you're sober enough to drive. If there are any doubts in your mind, consider taking a taxi or having a friend pick you up.

As always, if you've been charged with DUI, a Denver DUI attorney from The Orr Law Firm can take on your case.


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