Common sense tells us to drink responsibly at any time and especially if you are planning to drive. The US Senate in October 2000 approved a national blood standard of .08 BAC as the standard for determining drunk driving.
Drink and Drive Responsibly
We at the TomKat Lounge love our patrons and would hate to see anything happen to you! Either have a Designated Driver or we’ll gladly call a taxi for you! Please keep in mind the following information.
A standard drink will raise your blood alcohol level by approximately .04 BAC, or even .05 if a woman drinking without food. Remember your blood alcohol level will rise more quickly if you have a drink on an empty stomach, but alcohol will stay in your body for longer if you drink with food. On average your liver will break down ¾ of a unit an hour. If you have drunk heavily the night before you may risk still being over the limit the next morning.
A standard drink is equivalent to a 5 ounce glass of wine, a 12 ounce regular beer and 1.5 ounce 80 proof distilled spirits.
The US Department of Transport believes that the .08 BAC measure will reduce drunk driving fatalities by 500 per annum.
Some States include a lesser charge – often known as driving while impaired – at a BAC of, for example, .05% or above but less than the legal limit for the more serious charge.
The legal limit for aircraft pilots and commercial drivers in the U.S. is set at 0.04%.
Also, in many States, persons under 21 who purchase, or even attempt or conspire to purchase, alcohol can have their driving privileges suspended (if they already are licensed drivers) or delayed (if not) even if they were not caught actually driving while intoxicated.
A Drink is defined as
- 5 fluid ounces of wine (100 calories)
- 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (150 calories)
- 1.5 fluid ounce (jigger) of 80-proof distilled spirits (100 calories)
All 50 states and Washington D.C have zero tolerance laws (that is no alcohol in your blood at all) for drivers under 21.
When you get a driver’s license you automatically give your consent to take a blood test to measure your BAC
Don’t risk it
If you drink over the limit and drive you risk imprisonment, fines, and disqualification from driving. You also risk other people’s lives as well as your own. SO if you’re going to drink make sure you nominate a designated driver or ask us to call a cab for you!