What Are The Drunk Driving Limits By State? When will I get a DUI?


My blog is all about non alcoholic and alcohol free drinks but obviously there is a large overlap with the alcoholic world. I was researching if you can drink non alcoholic beer and drive (full article is here) and as part of that i had to find all the state limits for DUI. These are all good things to share as i will not be the only person who is googling “what are the drunk driving limits by state”

What are the drunk driving limits by state?

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I have collated the drunk driving limits for all the US states below.

For nearly all drivers, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08%. however commercial and drivers under 21 have lower levels.

StateStandard BAC LevelCommercial Driver BAC Level“Zero Tolerance” BAC LevelEnhanced Penalty BAC Level“Implied Consent” Law
Alabama.08.04.02Yes
Alaska.08.04.00.15Yes
Arizona.08.04.00.15Yes
Arkansas.08.04.02.15Yes
California.08.04.02.16Yes
Colorado.08.04.02.17Yes
Connecticut.08.04.02.16Yes
Delaware.08.04.02.15Yes
District of Columbia.08.04.00.15Yes
Florida.08.04.02.15Yes
Georgia.08.04.02.15Yes
Hawaii.08.04.02.15Yes
Idaho.08.04.02.20Yes
Illinois.08.04.00.16Yes
Indiana.08.04.02.15Yes
Iowa.08.04.02.15Yes
Kansas.08.04.02.15Yes
Kentucky.08.04.02.18Yes
Louisiana.08.04.02.15Yes
Maine.08.04.00.15Yes
Maryland.08.04.02Yes
Massachusetts.08.04.02.20Yes
Michigan.08.04.02.17Yes
Minnesota.08.04.00.16Yes
Mississippi.08.04.02Yes
Missouri.08.04.02.15Yes
Montana.08.04.02Yes
Nebraska.08.04.02.15Yes
Nevada.08.04.02.18Yes
New Hampshire.08.04.02.18Yes
New Jersey.08.04.01.10Yes
New Mexico.08.04.02.16Yes
New York.08.04.02.18Yes
North Carolina.08.04.00.15Yes
North Dakota.08.04.02.18Yes
Ohio.08.04.02.17Yes
Oklahoma.08.04.02.17Yes
Oregon.08.04.00Yes
Pennsylvania.08.04.02.16Yes
Rhode Island.08.04.02.15Yes
South Carolina.08.04.02.16Yes
South Dakota.08.04.02.17Yes
Tennessee.08.04.02.20Yes
Texas.08.04.02.15Yes
Utah.05.04.02.16Yes
Vermont.08.04.02Yes
Virginia.08.04.02.15Yes
Washington.08.04.02.15Yes
West Virginia.08.04.02.15Yes
Wisconsin.08.04.02.15Yes
Wyoming.08.04.02.15Yes
BAC limits per State

How many beers gets you to 0.08% BAC?

The drunk driving limit is the same as when you are legally drunk we just need to work out that number for both.

What is a standard beer?

The first thing is to work from a “standard” beer. Obviously beers come in all shapes, sizes and strengths but the USDA have stated what a standard beer, wine and spirit are. They all have the same amount of alcohol but different volumes and concentrations

Drink and volumeAlcohol content
12fl oz Beer5%
5fl oz Wine12%
1.5fl oz Spirit40%
Standard Drinks 

A standard beer is a 5%, 12fl oz can. 

The CDC tell us that the average 160lb adult male (is 160lb average by the way?!) needs to drink x4 12fl oz cans of 5% ABV beer (standard beers) to get drunk. Therefore, you would not be able to drive after 4 standard beers.

These have to be drank over a short period, perhaps 2 hours, as you liver begins to break down the alcohol as soon as it is transported to it via the blood.

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