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"One Drink" DEFINED

In order to make responsible choices about alcohol use, it is important to know how much you are actually drinking. How much alcohol you ingest is a significant factor in determining your blood alcohol level. The faster you drink, the more intoxicated you become.

Your body can only metabolize alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.

1.5 OZ. Hard Liquor
(80 Proof)
5 OZ. Wine 12 OZ. Beer
Shot Glass
Wine Glass
Beer Glass

Blood Alcohol Content


The term Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. It is also referred to as Blood Alcohol Level (BAL). If you decide to drink alcohol, your BAC can be affected by several different factors:

  1. How much alcohol you drink
  2. The rate at which you drink
  3. Personal variables
    • gender
    • age
    • weight
    • physical condition
  4. Food intake
  5. Any drugs or medication in your system

BAC Levels & Effects

Your BAC determines the level of impairment you
will experience after drinking alcohol.


BAC cards help students calculate their BAC based on their gender, weight, number of drinks, and time interval of consumption.

These wallet-sized cards are individually tailored to a student's weight and gender.

Free cards at Wellness Education, Stop by and pick one up.

Examples of different BAC levels and the effect on your mind and body are listed below.


.00% This is your BAC when you have had no alcoholic drinks. It is considered the only safe driving limit.
.02% Relaxation, slightly lower inhibitions, slightly elevated mood.
.05% Relaxation, exaggeration of behavior, increase in intensity of emotion.
.08% Possible impairment in balance and speech, impaired judgment.
.10% Feeling of euphoria, impairment in a number of areas (coordination, balance, motor skills, judgment, memory), exaggeration of emotions.
.20% Confusion, disorientation, lack of pain response, needing assistance with standing or walking, possible nausea and vomiting, blackouts.
.30% Stupor, possible loss of consciousness, possible death.
.40% Coma, likely death.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220