What You Need Know About The Legal Alcohol Limits In Illinois

Avoid arrest or worse when you understand the legal limit in Illinois and how alcohol can affect you.

When the weekend arrives you deserve to unwind and have a good time. If those plans include alcohol Scott has some important information you may need if you ever find yourself in a tight spot.


Partying in Illinois is no problem for adults over the age of 21 and under a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent. Many of McClintock Law’s clients ask what does 0.08% look or feel like and how do they know if they are nearing the limit? Unfortunately this is not a simple answer because alcohol hits different people differently. And don’t count on the way you feel either. You don’t have to feel “buzzed” to be at the limit.

McClintock Law wants you to know these three important factors to help ensure that your next night out doesn’t end with you sitting in the back of a squad car searching for “DUI attorneys near me”.


How you handle your liquor is literally up to you. Well, your body more specifically. Some important factors to know about how you process alcohol is to consider your body weight, metabolism rate, and prior history with alcohol consumption.

Here’s an example of how drinks can hit people differently; if a 100 pound female, who skipped lunch and rarely drinks, has the same beverage as a 225 pound guy who’s been pounding nachos at the end of the bar, it’s likely their bodies will process that alcohol at different rates.  


Next time you are enjoying an adult beverage, pay attention to the fine print. Alcohol manufacturers are required to print the alcohol content of their beverage on the can. You’ll find that beers, seltzers and mixed drinks vary in the percentage of alcohol content they contain. 

Each beverage enters the body and is absorbed through the stomach or small intestines just before your liver kicks into gear metabolizing the alcohol. In general, the liver processes one ounce of liquor per hour. So knowing the content of what you are drinking is important but don’t assume low alcohol content drinks can’t put you over the legal limit. 


A popular opinion among some of the best DUI attorneys is the importance of time when considering the limits of alcohol consumption. It’s easy to lose track when you’re hanging around with your friends, sharing beers and swapping stories. Who can keep track if you’re on your third or fourth beer when everyone’s having a good time? Part of drinking responsibly is monitoring how many drinks you are enjoying and how often. 

Keeping track of how long you have been drinking may feel like a downer but it’s really important in order to keep yourself within the limits. Generally speaking, the average adult can consume two drinks per hour and remain under the Illinois 0.08 law. 


The safest way to stay out of trouble is to avoid drinking and driving. But the next time you’re unsure, remind yourself of Scott’s advice, “Two is super, three call an Uber!”

If you make a mistake and you find yourself in a situation where you need a top rated DUI attorney, contact McClintock Law. Attorney Scott McClintock does not believe that you should be defined by one mistake. He will fight for you to get real outcomes. Whenever you’re in a tight spot, you’ve got Scott!

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