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How does drinking affect driving capability? Part 1

When you drink to the point of intoxication there are no magic bullets to sober you up, no mystical concoctions. Only time can sober you up. To push this reality home, the CDC put out some guidelines based on the results from several studies that examine the effect of alcohol on the human body.

Preliminarily, drunkenness is measured by taking your BAC or blood alcohol concentration. The BAC is the actual percentage of your blood that is alcohol. The higher the percentage the more impaired your faculties are. Keep in mind that these are averages put out by the CDC, how alcohol affects you depend upon weight, fitness level and more.


A .02 percent BAC takes most people around two drinks in one hour. Most people probably notice that they begin to feel warm, relaxed and uninhibited. These are great feelings while at a party to "loosen-up" but not while driving. Most alcohol is consumed at night, when people are sleepy, so alcohol tends to exacerbate the drowsiness of those late nights.

After about three drinks, you will be at .05 percent BAC. This is when your coordination, judgment, alertness and muscle control begin to become seriously affected. Maybe you start tearing up on the dance floor or work up the courage to ask that person out, regardless your behavior is becoming exaggerated. You start having difficulty coordinating your muscles and reacting to threats. Hopefully there are no hazards on the drive home but in this state you may be unable to adequately respond to them.

Drunk driving remains a serious concern on U.S. roads. If you were injured due to a drunken driver then you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience. If your injuries are serious, it is very possible that you might exceed the insurance policy limit held by the other driver. In these situations it is good to have an attorney around to anticipate and respond to these problems.


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