Although every state has DWI laws that indicate what the illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is, national surveys have indicated that over 70 percent of people polled do not know the BAC limit in their state. Additionally, there is an awareness gap relating to how alcohol affects an individual’s BAC and how long of a time period is necessary for it to return to zero.
Not only is this information necessary for individuals to make responsible decisions relating to consumption of beverage alcohol and driving, but many times, this information could be helpful in the adjudication of DWI cases. As a result, judges, judicial educators and the general public need to have access to BAC education.
The Century Council, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, created the Blood Alcohol Educator (BAE) CD-ROM to address the need to educate adults about their state laws and how drinking affects an individual’s BAC level. Endorsed by countless national organizations and companies, law enforcement and traffic safety organizations and campus administrators, the BAE is an interactive user-friendly program available in both English and Spanish.
Before entering the program’s virtual bar, visitors must click on their home state to learn their state’s legal limit. Upon entering, visitors learn about how alcohol influences their individual BAC level based on their gender, weight, type of drink, and their rate of consumption and learn how eating a full meal can affect their BAC. The program displays how the same amount of alcohol affects individuals of a different weight and gender and will clock the time until an individual’s BAC level will return to zero.
The Century Council offers B4UDrink free of charge online. For information about the BAE program contact the Council at (202) 637-0077.