How Many Drinks Will Get You A DUI? (Chart)

If you insist on driving after a few drinks, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system—and your criminal record


Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of being busted for drunken driving? 

When police pull over drivers for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure blood alcohol content.

A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. The legal limit in Illinois is 0.08. 

According to the Virginia Tech Alcohol Abuse Prevention website, every 40 minutes, 0.01 percent of alcohol leaves your system. 

The limit for people under 21 is 0.02. But any alcohol consumption will get you charged if you're underage.

These charts show—in general—how many drinks it takes to become too impaired to drive. They're not exact, and they don't take a person's tolerance into account.

Police say the best way to keep yourself, your passengers and other motorists safe —and avoid a drunken driving charge—is to not drive after you've been drinking.

Progress December 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Word of advice stay home it's amateur night . Things can go bad quickly when you have a few drinks and get behind the wheel of a car anytime of the year . Be smart , be safe and have a happy 2013.
Bob Laird December 30, 2012 at 04:58 AM
5 coctails + car parked in driveway = happy new year to all.
Mike Fangman December 30, 2012 at 05:13 AM
DUI fines and court costs: $5000 Lawyer fees: $300/hour SR-22 insurance: $1000/every six months for five years Court-ordered treatment program: $10,000 Doing my drinking at home and not getting a DUI: PRICELESS
Bob Laird December 30, 2012 at 05:18 AM
don't forget the fun of making it into the police plotter.
Bob Laird December 30, 2012 at 05:54 AM
by the way, since it's going to be a new year I'm thinking that I'll have a few good scotches [sic] on new years eve and when I'm good and fuzzy I'll type in a few posts. First will be dedicated to ivent/vera/butch and the one that doesn't like our wonderful knucklehead of a president. Second will be for the pro gun/anti gun people. Don't really know what I'm gonna say yet, other than get each others e-mail addresses and do your feuding elsewhere. love ya all. happy new year


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