The 2020 season for the Buffalo Bills includes 6 late games, with the potential of more being added later in the season. If you enjoy a cocktail while watching a game, heightened anxiety levels can lead to heightened blood alcohol percentages. As such, after a particularly anxiety inducing game, it is possible to wake-up the next morning with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is still over the legal limit. Keeping this in mind, it is always important to be cognizant of approximate blood alcohol levels prior to getting behind the wheel.
Prevailing estimations (and please keep in mind that these are approximations that can be affected by a number of factors, such as body mass index, muscle structure, eating habits, etc…) show that individuals between 120-180 pounds add roughly .04-.03% BAC per drink. This would mean that two to three drinks in an hour could result in a BAC that is over the legal limit. For every 40 minute block after the first drink a reduction of roughly .01% BAC would be anticipated.
Here is an example to further elucidate. Let us consider an average height male weighing 180 pounds watching Buffalo’s week 14 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which has a tentative start time of 8:20pm. If this individual drinks two beers per quarter, takes a good-luck shot during halftime for good measure, and then has a victory cocktail, his potential BAC could be as high as .27%. If this individual has to work the next day at 9:00am, he may well be over .08% BAC on his drive into work the next morning. Over the course of 12 hours his BAC will have been reduced by roughly .18%, leaving him at a .09% BAC.
With the accompanying lack of a full night’s sleep and the anticipated level of impairment, it is not difficult to surmise that this individual could commit a minor traffic infraction, such as forgetting to use a turn signal or exceeding the speed limit to get to a Tim Hortons. An arresting officer would only have to demonstrate a clear, articulable, legal and/or justifiable reason for a traffic stop and this individual Bill’s fan would be well on the way to a drinking and driving offense.
With this being said, please keep in mind the slow rate at which alcohol is processed and removed from the bloodstream. And make sure to always enjoy the Buffalo Bills and your cocktails responsibly. If you do find yourself in the position of being arrested the next morning, be sure to contact a lawyer.