Drunk driving puts people’s lives at risk, and for the most part, people know that it’s dangerous. Despite that, someone dies in a drunk driving crash once every 48 minutes in the United States (based on 2017 statistics). That adds up to 10,874 deaths that could potentially have been avoided.
Alcohol affects the way you think and feel. It impairs thinking, reasoning and the speed of your reactions. The more you drink, the more likely it is that you’ll be impaired and unable to drive safely.
Understanding blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
Your BAC is the alcohol weight located in a certain volume of blood. It is measured in grams per deciliter (g/dL). At just .08% g/dL, the risk of a crash increases significantly. Because of that, .08% is the legal limit throughout the United States. Some states have even lower limits.
What are the effects of alcohol in the blood?
At .02%, people may feel they have a “buzz.” It’s common to feel warm and relaxed. At .05%, behaviors become more exaggerated. Some control over the muscles is lost. At .08%, muscle coordination becomes poor, the reasoning is impaired and self-control is decreased, making this the legal limit for a good reason. Beyond .08%, people can have a significant deterioration in reaction times and control. Some people may begin to feel nauseated or to throw up.
If you do drink and drive, you could be arrested for DUI. If you are, it’s wise to seek the help of an experienced attorney to protect your rights as you go through the justice system.