Are You Drunk? U.S. Safety Board Recommends Stricter BAC Limits, Which Means Yes, You Probably Are

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The National Transportation Safety recommended Tuesday that all 50 states lower their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) intoxication threshold from .08 to .05, according to CNN, which means everyone here at Jack FM would be thrown in the drunk tank right now if we we’re pulled over.

In 2011, 9,878 road deaths were alcohol related, so we understand the initiative to get drunk drivers off the road.

But let’s get to the numbers that affect you: how much can you drink before you’re legally intoxicated? A man weighing 180-pound will hit.08 after about three to four drinks in one hour, according to an online blood alcohol calculator published by the University of Oklahoma. But drop the limit down to .05 and your hitting the wall (we mean figuratively, for everyone’s sake) after only two to three drinks. Which essentially means “one for the road” goes out the window.

Now we all know BAC is dependent on a number of factors including but not limited to weight, so don’t take that guide as gospel. Our own Dr. Cranfill, who comes in at nearly 300 pounds, can barely handle mouthwash (feel free to harass him about his weight and lack of drinking prowess at Justin.cranfill@931jackfm.com), while some of the Jack Sticker Pimps, slight as they may be, can out-drink a small pony. So there you go.

Be smart, people, and safe.


- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio

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