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What effects does drinking have on the body of a driver?

Alcohol is a substance that can change the physical and psychological responses of a Charlotte resident's body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a wealth of information on just how a driver's body is affected by alcohol and what possible outcomes can result when he chooses to drink and drive.

At low levels of alcohol consumption, such as when the driver's blood alcohol content is around .02 percent and well below the state's legal limit, a driver may have trouble tracking moving objects with his eyes. He may also feel more relaxed and less inclined to react when objects or distractions appear before him. Even with only a drink or two in his system his driving will be affected by the presence of the substance in him.

After more drinking and the rise of the driver's BAC to .05 percent, the driver's coordination may become affected. The driver may struggle to steer his car, he may make poor driving decisions and may lose the ability to control small muscle groups in his body. As his BAC rises, so too do the number of problems that may impact his safe driving skills.

When a driver has consumed sufficient alcohol to lift his BAC to 08 percent, his driving will be significantly impaired. He may suffer memory lapses and not know what is happening. He may not be able to coordinate the movements of his body with the sensory information his body receives. His judgment can be affected to the point that he may speed and engage in other dangerous driving behaviors.

Alcohol has many effects on the body. The significant impairments that a driver may experience can lead to dangerous and sometimes deadly car collisions. The damages that a victim may suffer in a drunk driving crash can set him up for challenges for the rest of his life. Those who have incurred losses at the hands of drunk driver may have rights to seek compensation for what lost in their crashes.

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