car keys and shot glassDrinking and driving puts you at risk, as well as the lives of others. Many fatal crashes involved drivers who were intoxicated or whose blood alcohol level was beyond the legal limit. Drinking isn’t outlawed, unless you’re a minor. But getting behind the wheel sloshed has legal consequences.

Legal Limit

Under most laws, a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher will consider a driver drunk and not fit to drive, according to David A. Nachtigall. When it involves minors, this is sometimes lower. An average person can consume about four beers to reach that limit. Women get drunk with less than four. With heavy liquor, it takes less to get drunk. So, if you’re partying, make sure someone isn’t drinking to drive you home.

Effects of Drinking

Even in small quantities, alcohol has the ability to affect your brain and other organs. That’s because alcohol doesn’t need to be digested but is quickly absorbed in the bloodstream. An impaired brain affects so many things in a person.

Vision and motor skills are the most hit. Vision is reduced by 32 percent after consuming alcohol. Even peripheral vision will be affected. This is so important when driving because not only is it to get to where you want to go, but everything else that is on the road, including traffic signs and stop lights.

Reflexes slow down when intoxicated. And a split second delay in stepping on the brakes or jerking the wheel to avoid hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian could result to serious injuries or death.

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Judgement, too, is impaired and makes a lot of difference when you have to stop or go to avoid a crash.

Consequences of Drunk Driving

Injury and death are the most serious consequences of drunk driving. Destruction of property is another. It is, to say the least, an inconvenience because there are a lot of documentations necessary when you get arrested for DUI. It’s not simply calling a Houston criminal attorney or the insurance, but having to live with the knowledge you injured or killed someone.

Unfortunately, in spite the continuous campaigns about how unsafe it is to drink and drive, many people still do it. If you want to save a life, perhaps your own, always remember it is illegal to drink and drive.