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Josh Brent's Blood Alcohol Level: How Many Drinks Is That?

By Andrew Lu on December 14, 2012 10:34 AM

Josh Brent reportedly had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his car and killed his teammate Jerry Brown, police say.

Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the single-car accident and is currently out of jail after posting a $500,000 bond.

The 321-pound Dallas Cowboys lineman had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent, reports ESPN. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08 percent. So how many drinks would it take for a man that size to reach that BAC level?

There are a lot of BAC calculators on the Internet with varying degrees of accuracy. Typically, these calculators will factor an individual's sex, weight, and the number of drinks consumed. However, these calculators cannot factor in additional considerations such as someone's history of drinking, his metabolism, and how much he's had to eat.

Nevertheless, these online BAC calculators can serve as a handy rough estimate of the number of drinks it takes to get drunk.

In Josh Brent's case, the 321-pound man would have had to drink about 20 shots within four hours to reach a 0.18 percent BAC, according to this online calculator. That's a lot of drinks.

Before you test out these BAC calculators, you should be aware that these offer no value in a court of law, as their accuracy is questionable. So before a night out, you can't rely on a calculator that tells you that you can have four drinks before reaching the 0.08 percent limit.

Because if you get pulled over and blow something over the legal limit, a judge won't care what website you visited. Instead, you'll need to contact an experienced DUI attorney to help work on your defense. A good attorney may be able to challenge a Breathalyzer's test results and may be able to negotiate a favorable deal for you.

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