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How does alcohol impair a driver?

One of the biggest issues with drunk driving is that many drivers are not even aware of how the alcohol they have consumed is affecting them. To be a responsible New York driver, it is important for you to know what effects alcohol has on your body and your driving ability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines what happens to you as your blood alcohol content rises.

Blood alcohol levels can be compared to the number of drinks you have had. While it is not an exact science because each person metabolizes alcohol at different rates, it is a good guideline. A drink is considered to be 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol, which in terms of drinks means a shot of 80-proof liquor, eight ounces of malt liquor, 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine.

At only two drinks, you will begin to see the effects on your body and ability to drive. This level of intoxication can affect your motor skills, which may make it difficult to do multiple things at one time, such as pressing the break and steering, or to see clearly. As your BAC rises with the consumption of four drinks, you begin to really slow down, which affects your ability to react. At this point, you may also weave in and out of your lane as you drive.

Excessive consumption of alcohol, with seven drink consumed, your body is in seriously bad shape. You will have difficulties with your balance and muscle control. This could lead to you being unable to operate your vehicle and stay in your lane on the road and reduce your attentiveness. This is general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

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