Stages of Alcohol Intoxication
|Blood Alcohol Concentration||Stage||Clinical symptoms|
|0.01 – 0.05||Subclinical||Behavior nearly normal by ordinary observation|
|0.03 – 0.12||Euphoria||Mild euphoria, sociability, talkativeness
Increased self-confidence; decreased inhibitions
Diminution of attention, judgment and control
Beginning of sensory-motor impairment
Loss of efficiency in finer performance tests
|0.09 – 0.25||Excitement||Emotional instability; loss of critical judgment
Impairment of perception, memory and comprehension
Decreased sensatory response; increased reaction time
Reduced visual acuity; peripheral vision and glare recovery
Sensory-motor incoordination; impaired balance
|0.18 – 0.30||Confusion||Disorientation, mental confusion; dizziness
Exaggerated emotional states
Disturbances of vision and of perception of color, form, motion and dimensions
Increased pain threshold
Increased muscular incoordination; staggering gait; slurred speech
|0.25 – 0.40||Stupor||General inertia; approaching loss of motor functions
Markedly decreased response to stimuli
Marked muscular incoordination; inability to stand or walk
Impaired consciousness; sleep or stupor
|0.35 – 0.50||Coma||Complete unconsciousness
Depressed or abolished reflexes
Subnormal body temperature
Impairment of circulation and respiration
|0.45 +||Death||Death from respiratory arrest|
This table titled “Stages of alcohol intoxication” is from K.M. Dubowski, one of the leading experts on the medical legal aspects of alcohol use in the United States.
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