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Alcohol and driving: How much is too much?

December 9, 2013
By DAVE WERNER (dwerner151@ verizon.net) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In the United States, a 0.08 blood alcohol level is the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. However, legal limits do not define a level below which it is safe to operate a vehicle. Studies have concluded that the risk for crashes, including fatal crashes, goes up as BAL levels increase even if it is well below the legal limit of 0.08. Because alcohol is a depressant, it:

 
 
 

 

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