bottle. It’s also important to note that if you take a prescribed drug in a larger dose than prescribed or with alcohol, it may cause serious impairment. The Difference Between Impairment and Intoxication At what point does a person become impaired? Impairment is the point where one’s intake of alcohol or drugs affects their ability to perform appropriately. Alcohol With alcohol, the impairment process begins with the very first drink. At low BAC levels, some people may not appear to be impaired, but their judgment, coordination, and reaction time have been affected. Since it takes time for alcohol to leave the stomach and enter the blood stream, a person may continue to become more impaired for a period of time following their last drink. At what point is someone considered legally intoxicated? Intoxication is a legal term that establishes a certain level of alcohol in the blood as the point of impairment severe enough that criminal sanctions are enforced for driving. Most people are impaired before they become legally intoxicated. In the U.S., the illegal limit for alcohol intoxication is .08 BAC. It has been shown that all people are intoxicated at a .08. For those under the age of 21, it is illegal to drink and illegal to drive
with any measurable amount of alcohol in the bloodstream. Regardless of whether or not someone drinking alcohol believes he
The safest rule is to never drive after drinking or taking drugs.
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