I know hospitals calculate blood alcohol concentrations differently (different scale), how is it different?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I'm not sure I understand. Blood alcohol level is always in percentage points , i.e .147%. Hospitals may have different ways that the lab determines the BAL, but it is always stated in the same scale.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
This seems to be a recurrent theme brought on by a phobia about the metric system. Laws generally define drunk-driving alcohol levels as 0.08 gram per deciliter, which is an awkward number, and that level is normally reported in hospital labs as the simpler 80 milligrams per deciliter. The scale is the same, really. It's just easier to say 80 milligrams than 0.08 gram. That's one of the beauties of the metric system.
- 1 decade ago