While every driver is aware that it is illegal to drink and drive, some DUI situations in Ohio occur because people are unaware that they are over the limit because they did not drink much. Alcohol affects everyone differently. For some people, they may not feel impaired even though they are technically over the legal blood alcohol limit. You may find that you can have a couple of drinks without feeling the effects at all, but that does not mean you can legally get behind the wheel.

Further complicating things is that every person is different. According to BACtrack, your weight and metabolism affect your BAC. What you can drink and be legal may not be true for someone else. So, it can be confusing to know when you are legally able to drive without have a BAC that is too high.

Since there is no way to determine your BAC simply through guessing or basing it on how much you drink, you should err on the side of caution. The general rule of thumb is that your BAC rises above the legal limit of .08 percent 15 minutes after you begin drinking and will stay there for one hour. This is based on one serving of alcohol, which is different sizes for each type of alcohol. If you continue to consume alcohol during that hour, the time clock resets.

Also, keep in mind, this general rule may not be accurate for you. Your body may take longer to metabolize the alcohol. You should never rely on it to assume you are safe to drive. This information is for education only. It is not legal advice.