Question: How many drinks would equate to a .05% BAC in Michigan?
Answer: Obviously it depends on a variety of factors, and so what we need to do is we need to take a look at, well, is this like a young, small lady, so that we could have like a smaller body size? If it’s a smaller body size, then you’re talking possibly even one drink to .05. Obviously certain drinks, things like Long Island Iced Teas, those are going to put a lot of people over a .05 regardless of what kind of bodyweight they have, just simply because of the high amount of alcohol that are in these drinks, and drinks like martinis which are essentially, people think they’re mixed drinks, but they’re alcohol mixed with more alcohol.
And those kind of drinks, those can be quite alcohol intensive for smaller people or people who don’t process alcohol very readily. And so therefore, a .05 might be a single drink for a lot of people and they might be over the legal limit. It just really depends on timing, spacing, what you’re eating, but it would be very important to know that if you did go out and you were going to have one drink, having that second drink at that lower level would obviously be something you would want to strongly advise against.
Of course, this is exactly what the restaurant industry is worried about, is that they want to sell you that second drink. They want to sell you possibly a third drink if you think you can get away with it. So that’s the competing interests that a lot of people don’t see.