We’ve all been there. It was a stressful day at work and all you want is to sit back and relax with a nice glass of wine or an ice-cold beer. There is nothing wrong with wanting to unwind from a long day at work by going to happy hour with a few of your coworkers.
However, extreme consumption of alcohol can lead to very negative effects on your body and your life. For starters, it can have a huge impact on your brain such as making it difficult to think clearly and affecting your coordination. Excessive amounts of alcohol can also make you more prone to liver failure, a variety of cancers and it can also weaken your immune system.*
Not only can alcohol have an array of harmful effects on your physical health, but it can also have adverse consequences on your life if you are not careful. One of the biggest issues is driving under the influence. We all know that driving under the influence is against the law, however many people still do it. According to a study conducted by the CDC, in 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.** By doing so, you are not only putting your own life in harm’s way, but you are also putting fellow drivers’ lives at risk.
Recent studies by the Alcohol Rehab Guide provide some insight into the different blood alcohol content (BAC) levels and how they can affect you:***
BAC of 0.02– With this level, you really don’t have too much to worry about. You may experience a sense of relaxation, decreased visual functionality and a decrease in your ability to multi-task.
BAC of 0.05– With this BAC level, your coordination will decrease as will your sense of judgement. You also won’t be as alert to your surroundings.
BAC of 0.08– To be considered legally impaired, you must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08, which means that 8% of your body is made of alcohol. With this specific BAC, you may experience a lack of muscle coordination, lack of judgment and lack of self-control. Your memory will fade and you won’t be able to process information as easily.
BAC of 0.10– Even more extreme than a BAC level of 0.08, a BAC level of 0.10 will result in slow reaction times, slurred speech and poor coordination.
BAC of 0.15– If you have a BAC level of 0.15, you may become sick, experience extreme loss of balance and no muscle control.
Receiving a DUI can have serious implications on your life with not only short-term but long-term consequences as well including loss of employment, embarrassment and financial ruin. Just one mistake can follow you throughout your entire life. A conviction for a DUI or DUAC offense cannot be expunged from your record and would be available to future employers through a background check. The penalties and fines vary depending on which offense it is and the level of intoxication that is determined upon the resolution of your case.
If you are ever in a situation where you are faced with a DUI arrest, it is absolutely crucial that you seek the advice of experienced and competent counsel who is familiar with the DUI laws of your state. Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC, is here to guide you through complex legal proceedings. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
The exact nature of your legal situation will depend on many facts not known to me (us) at this time. You should understand that the advice and information in this communication is general and that your own situation may vary.