Can I drink and drive?

Drunk Driving & DWI conviction

How Much Can I Drink And Drive?

Most of drivers on the road are more than 20 years old, except for those who got the new license and performing their first drive even at the age of 18 or 19 in some states. That would indicate most of them are already over legal age limit of drinking an alcohol in their personal life. If someone ask the question of "Can I drink and drive?" or "How much can i drink and drive?", the answer would be NO because the point here is to focus on driving, not drinking itself. We should be aware that drinking and driving is one combined action, not a separate one.

As we already said, there is a legal age limit for drinking an alcohol as well as legal age limit for driving a motor vehicle. The law is target towards the responsibility, not for the punishment. If someone doesn’t follow this restriction by law, then there comes a penalty accordingly. Therefore, if the question is about if you can drive while intoxicated, even with little sip of beer, the answer is definitely NO. Well someone might ask what the limit of intoxication and driving. In all 50 states, the legal limit for drunk driving is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08. An average 120-pound female could reach a .08 BAC level after only she had only two drinks. For a male, a 180-pound man can be at .08 after he had only four drinks.

In this case, a "drink" is defined as either one shot of liquor, a five-ounce glass of wine or one beer, all of which contain the same amount of alcohol.

At a .08 BAC level, drivers are so impaired that they are 11 times more likely to have a single-vehicle crash than drivers with no alcohol in their system. But 25 years of research has shown that some impairment begins for both males and females even after one drink.

If an average driver reaches at a .08 BAC level, then he/she is so impaired that the chance of having single vehicle crash will become 11 times more likely than those who had no alcohol consumed in their body system.

Contrary to most people’s belief, the impairment to the control of driving vehicle may be hardly noticeable at the time of drinking. However the slow reaction times are very important factor that most drivers should be aware of. It could be fatal no matter how little you had consumed an alcohol in your body, as it develops into intoxication as time goes on. That’s why it is absolutely not a good idea to drink and then drive, in any situation. This applies same to those who can drink twice as much than habitual drinkers in everyday life.


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