Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) – a unit measuring the amount of alcohol in the body. E.g., 0.05 BAC = 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
On April 27th, 2010 the BC Government announced a strengthening of its drinking and driving laws which now allow most penalties to be applied at the roadside rather than at the police station, and adds a minimum $450 penalty, and 3 day suspension, for driving over over .05 BAC. [E.G a 170 lbs. woman consuming 2 cans of beer over 30 minutes will have a BAC of .051 (over the limit), and just under if consumed over 1 hour]. If you blow over .08 your suspended for 90 days, your minimum cost are $4,500, and you may be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada.
These will come into effect fall 2010. This page is not design to throw a damp cloth on Hashing in Victoria, but is here only to provide some sober guidance.
Currently police can only issue 24 hour road-side suspension. As of this fall police will
no long be requires to take drivers to their station or detachment for
additional testing, but will be able to test at the roadside.
Estimated BAC Levels Based on Consumption
Disclaimer: This is in no way purported to be a guideline for how much you can drink and still drive or avoid being
If your weight or beverage options are not shown on this calculator, for more accurate calculations, or if you are unsure about the calculation being used, here are two other calculators (just click on the image):
|This site include Sex (Male and Female) entries, and indicates the
penalty in terms of Ontario laws which are similar to BC's.
|This calculator calculates in half-hour intervals. It is also an
international calculator, just incase you want to see how a
standard drink varies between countries.
If you get pulled over ...
|The Canadian Bar Association Drinking and Driving page gives
general information only, not legal advice. It does however provide
useful information if the police stop you, such a 'things you don’t
have to do', and a 'summary of what you must do'.
The original source of the this calculator comes from
APPROXIMATE BLOOD ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE
EFFECT ON PERSON
APPROXIMATE BLOOD ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE
EFFECT ON PERSON
CRIMINAL PENALTIES IN ALL PROVINCES AND STATES
|0.02 — 0.03 BAC||No loss of coordination, slight euphoria and loss of shyness. Depressant effects are not apparent. Mildly relaxed and maybe a little lightheaded.|
|0.04 — 0.06 BAC||Feeling of well-being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, sensation of warmth. Euphoria. Some minor impairment of reasoning and memory, lowering of caution. Your behavior may become exaggerated and emotions intensified (Good emotions are better, bad emotions are worse). In BC .05 is legally impaired and it is illegal to drive at this level.|
|0.07 — 0.09 BAC||Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. Euphoria. Judgment and self-control are reduced, and caution, reason and memory are impaired. You will probably believe that you are functioning better than you really are. In most provinces and some states .08 is legally impaired and it is illegal to drive at this level.|
|0.10 — 0.125 BAC||Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction time and hearing will be impaired. Euphoria.|
|0.13 — 0.15 BAC|| Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reduced and dysphoria* is beginning to appear. Judgment and perception are severely impaired.
( * —Dysphoria: An emotional state of anxiety, depression, or unease.)
|0.16 — 0.19 BAC||Dysphoria predominates, nausea may appear. The drinker has the appearance of a "sloppy drunk."|
|0.20 BAC||Feeling dazed/confused or otherwise disoriented. May need help to stand/walk. If you injure yourself you may not feel the pain. Some people have nausea and vomiting at this level. The gag reflex is impaired and you can choke if you do vomit. Blackouts are likely at this level so you may not remember what has happened.|
|0.25 BAC||All mental, physical and sensory functions are severely impaired. Increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of seriously injuring yourself by falls or other accidents.|
|0.30 BAC||Stupor. You have little comprehension of where you are. You may pass out suddenly and be difficult to awaken.|
|0.35 BAC||Coma is possible. This is the level of surgical anesthesia.|
|.40 BAC and up||Onset of coma, and possible death due to respiratory arrest.|
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The Advertising Council's Innocent Victims public service campaign emphasizes the need to intervene and get the keys away from someone about to drive drunk.
How You Can Intervene
|1.||If it is a close friend, try and use a soft, calm approach at first. Suggest to them that they’ve had too much to drink and it would be better if someone else drove or if they took a cab.
|2.||Be calm. Joke about it. Make light of it.
|3.||Try to make it sound like you are doing them a
|4.||If it is somebody you don’t know well, speak to their friends and have them make an attempt to persuade them to hand over the keys. Usually they will listen.
|5.||If it’s a good friend, spouse, or significant other, tell them that if they insist on driving, you are not going with them. Suggest that you will call someone else for a ride, take a cab, or walk.
|6.||Locate their keys while they are preoccupied and take them away. Most likely, they will think they’ve lost them and will be forced to find another mode of transportation.
|7.||If possible, avoid embarrassing the person or being confrontational, particularly when dealing with men. This makes them appear vulnerable to alcohol and its