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So what is BAC anyway?

Most people have heard the term “BAC” bandied about, but not everyone understands exactly what that means. First of all, BAC stands for “Blood Alcohol Concentration.” BAC is a way of measuring how much alcohol exists in a person’s bloodstream.

BAC determines not exactly how much alcohol a person has consumed, but instead is meant to measure the percentage of alcohol in a person’s system and thus how much of an effect that alcohol might have on a person’s brain and behavior.

How is BAC measured?

BAC is the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood and is measured in milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The number is expressed as a percentage.

What impacts BAC?

First things first, the amount of alcohol you consume will impact your BAC. Beyond that, there are a number of factors that can impact BAC and which will cause a variance from person to person, even if each person consumed the same amount of alcohol. Weight, height, metabolism, body fat, diet and many other issues can cause differences in BAC readings.

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