Know Your Limit

A key component of a healthy relationship with alcohol is to experience its positive effects by drinking the least amount possible.

So, what is the right amount for you?

If you choose to drink, we recommend gradually reaching a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of no more than .06%. As the chart below indicates, a BAC between .01% and .06% is typically associated with feeling 'buzzed' or 'tipsy.'

Use a BAC calculator to see how much it takes to stay in the 'social zone.' Notice how sex, weight and drinking speed affect your BAC.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Inward Experience Outward Behaviors
.01%-.06%  Social Zone Slight euphoria
Sense of relaxation
Feel ‘tipsy’
Lower inhibitions
Thought process slowed
Lowered alertness
Judgment and caution reduced
Coordination slightly impaired
Joyous
Relaxed
Loss of inhibition – more outgoing, talkative, social
.07%-.10%  Risky Zone Dulled sensations
Further lowering of inhibitions
Impaired sexual pleasure
Impaired depth/distance perception
Judgment and coordination increasingly impaired
Slowed reflexes
Reasoning impaired
Risk taking increases
Extroversion increases: even more talkative, louder, boisterous
.11%-.20%  Risky Zone Feeling fatigued
Euphoria diminishes

Severely impaired judgment and perception
Severely impaired gross motor coordination

Staggering, stumbling
Slurred speech
Slowed reaction time
Less/no visible pain response
Emotional swings or over-expression of emotions, possibly anxious or uneasy
.21%-.29%  Danger Zone Memory blackout
Loss of understanding, comprehension
Further dulling of sensations
Vomiting
Stupor – no sense or sensibility
Extreme sluggishness
Inability to stand or sit upright

Unconscious/passed out/unresponsive

.30% -.39%  Danger Zone Unconsciousness or coma
Death possible
Unconscious/passed out/unresponsive
Slow or irregular breathing
Bluish, cold or clammy skin
Slowed heart rate
Loss of bladder function
>.40%  Danger Zone Unconsciousness or coma
Death likely
Unconscious/passed out/unresponsive
Slow or irregular breathing
Bluish, cold or clammy skin
Slowed heart rate