Physical Symptoms refer to the suspect’s behavior and personal appearance. These symptoms of intoxication are so tremendously predictable that many law enforcement agencies actually mass print them in extremely suggestive DUI/ DWI/ Drunk Driving reports that eventually are filled out by the arresting officer. The list below hits on the classic symptoms that will be found next to the boxes in these reports that the arresting officer will be checking off:
- Disheveled Appearance-rumpled clothing, uncombed hair, unshaven face
- Clumsy Behavior -staggered when stepped from the car, fumbled with wallet while looking for driver’s license
- Odor of Alcohol on Breath
- Flushed Face
- Bloodshot, Watery, Bleary, Glassy Eyes
- Slurred, Thick Speech
In addition, below is a generally accepted table comparing the physical effects of alcohol on an individual as his/her blood-alcohol content (RAC) rises.
.01 to .03 % :sedation and tranquility
.03 to .05 % :reduced reflex response and reaction time, impaired skills
.05 to .15 % :loss of coordination
.15 to .20 % :obvious intoxication, release of inhibition leading to talkativeness and boisterous behavior
.20 to .30 % :blurred vision, slurred speech, and staggering gait
.30 to .40 % :depression, stupor, unconsciousness
.40 to ,50 % :death
The Effects of Alcohol: General information on alcohol and its effects on the human body written by Craig C Freudenrich, Ph.P.
Alcohol and the Human Body: General information on alcohol and its effects on the human body compiled by Intoximeters, Inc., the maker of law enforcements most commonly used breath test machines.
Factline on Alcohol Poses, Measurements, and Blood-Alcohol Levels: General information on alcohol and its effects on the human body compiled by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University