What's Your .08?

.08 blood alcohol content (BAC) is legally considered driving under the influence (DUI) in Virginia (Under 21 it's a BAC of .02). However, you can be charged with DUI with a lower BAC if you show impairment while driving. DUIs can be charged for operating a vehicle while on any drug that impairs driving. If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash and a law enforcement officer has probable cause, you can be arrested for DUI within three hours of the crash without a warrant and at any location.

Know your absorbtion rate factors

Strength of Drink: Carbonated drinks absorb faster.

How fast You Drink: Chugging increases alcohol in the system. The liver metabolizes one drink per hour (12 oz beer, 5 oz. wine, 1 oz liquor), average. Drink more than that and the alcohol swirls around the bloodstream until the liver can handle it.

Body Size and Weight: Smaller people have less blood and fluids, therefore affected more than their heavier, larger folks.

What You've Eaten: Drinking on an empty stomach causes Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to rise faster.

Your Gender: Women tend to reach a higher BAC faster. Women have a higher fat-to-muscle ratio, which results in quicker alcohol absorption.

Drug Use: Drugs + alcohol is a risky mix with an unpredictable outcome.

If you think you might become impaired...

What's your plan?

The Consequences of a D.U.I.

The price of a D.U.I. is pretty steep!
Here's what offenders face as consequences:

D.U.I. BAC's by Age of Driver

Under 21


21 or Older




Conviction for DUI first offense:

Conviction for DUI second offense:

BAC of 0.15% and not higher than 0.20% at the time of arrest:

BAC of 0.20% or higher at the time of arrest:

Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol and Drugs:

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