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Breaking down the true danger of drunk driving

Turn on the news on any given night, and you can find plenty of stories about drunk driving arrests and/or tragic car accidents. It feels like everyone is in serious danger, despite the illegality of drunk driving. How can people take these types of risks?

In many cases, it's because they do not really understand the risks until it happens to them. That's why it's so important to break things down in advance. Maybe it can help to shed some light on the issue and prevent a crash. With that in mind, here are a number of important facts:

  • The legal limit for most drivers is .08% in terms of BAC (blood alcohol concentration). If you're right at this limit -- many drunk drivers go over it -- then you are 11 times more likely to find yourself involved in a deadly accident than someone who did not drink at all.
  • Waiting for a half an hour after your last drink is not enough. To drop from .08% all the way down to nothing takes six hours.
  • For an average-sized man (170 pounds), having three standard beers can put him over the legal limit. Keep in mind that craft beers, wine and hard alcohol all contain higher concentrations of alcohol and will get you there faster.
  • For an average woman, due to her smaller size, she can hit the legal limit after merely one to three drinks.
  • When you look at deadly accidents from midnight until 3:00 a.m., you will find that about 75% of them involve alcohol and drunk driving.

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