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Drunk driving: what is the effect of alcohol on your body?

Many holiday celebrations in California include alcohol. Whether it is eggnog at Christmas or Champagne at New Years, most people in California drink responsibly. However, there are always those risk-takers who underestimate just how serious the effect of alcohol can be on their mind and body.

For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after having about two alcoholic drinks, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02 percent, a person could experience some loss of judgment and an altered mood. He or she may also feel relaxed and slightly warm. However, a person's visual function and ability to perform two tasks simultaneously could decline, even after two drinks.

After about three drinks, at a BAC of 0.05 percent, a person may feel pretty good, may feel uninhibited or even have exaggerated behavior. However, they may experience a loss of small-muscle control, coordination and alertness, and their judgment may be impaired. This may make it more difficult for them to track moving objects, steer and respond to emergency driving situations while behind the wheel.

After about four drinks, at a BAC of 0.08 percent, a person's muscle coordination becomes poor. It is difficult for them to detect danger, and they may find that their ability to maintain self-control and judgment are impaired, as are their reasoning and memory. In fact, they may be unable to concentrate or may even experience short-term memory loss. This could make it difficult for them to control their speed while behind the wheel, it could reduce their ability to process information and it could impair their perception.

Finally, after about five alcoholic drinks, at a BAC of 0.10 percent, there will be a clear deterioration of a person's control and reaction time. A person may slur their speech, have poor coordination and may find it difficult to think. While behind the wheel, this could reduce their ability to stay in the correct lane and brake appropriately.

As this shows, even though the legal limit is 0.08 percent, even lower blood-alcohol levels can affect a person's ability to drive. When a drunk driver causes a car accident, it is important to hold that driver accountable. One way to do so is through a personal injury lawsuit. By pursuing legal action, those who were injured due to an accident caused by a drunk driver can seek the compensation they need to pay for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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