Americans are educated from a young age on the dangers associated with drunk driving. Despite this early intervention, a staggering number of car accidents occur on an annual basis because teens and adults continue to drive while under the influence. Why is this problem so prevalent despite widespread public education on the subject?
One of the reasons why so many individuals ultimately drive drunk is that it can be truly difficult to know when you are legally drunk. It is legal to drive with alcohol in your bloodstream. However, the level of alcohol in your bloodstream must generally be lower than 0.08 percent. If your blood alcohol content is at that percentage or above, you can be charged with a DUI.
In order to avoid driving while legally drunk, it is important to understand that everyone metabolizes alcohol a bit differently and that your personal metabolism may behave differently depending on the circumstances surrounding your drinking. For example, if you have lost weight, you may become legally drunk faster and remain legally drunk for longer than you would have in the past. This means that you will likely need to drink less and sober up for longer in order to ensure that you do not unintentionally drive while intoxicated on your way home.
Each individual has a “danger range” by which he or she could potentially believe that he or she is sober while actually remaining legally drunk. Err on the side of caution and either have a completely sober person drive or wait longer to sober up if you remain in your danger range.
Source: Huffington Post, “DUI: No, We Really Don’t Know Ourselves!” Saul Segan, May 16, 2014