Study: More than half of Denver drinkers don’t know legal BAC limit

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DENVER -- A survey is stacking Denver up against other large cities to see how well its residents respond to alcohol awareness, consumption decisions and the law.

“In some cases, Denver didn’t do well, but in others it stood out as a place with a good platform,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

The nonprofit organization polled 1,000 people nationwide as well as an additional 200 people in each of the 10 cities selected.

In Denver, the results showed:

  • Fifty-seven percent of Denver residents do not know the legal limit of 0.08 blood alcohol concentration for drunk driving, which is the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of all those surveyed, 63 percent did not know the legal BAC limit.
  • Sixty-nine percent of Denver residents, higher than national statistics (63 percent), reported they rarely or never use alternative transportation options such as ride-share services, taxi services or public transportation when they go out socially.
  • Eighty-seven percent of Denver residents report they feel confident in social settings to help a friend or guest who might have overconsumed get home safely. Nationally, 81 percent of Americans report confidence to intervene.
  • Sixty-four percent of Denver residents say they have stopped someone from driving or getting in the car with someone who has overconsumed. Nationally, only 54 percent say they have.
  • Forty-five percent of Denver residents use the number of drinks to determine if they’ve consumed too much to drive. Nationally, 30 percent of Americans use the number of drinks as their barometer.

Learn more about the organization’s study.