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Is It Safe to Drive With Legal Amounts of Alcohol in Your System?

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ScienceDaily reports that driving with any amount of alcohol in your system could be cause for alarm -- even if it falls below the legal limit of 0.08 percent BAC.

In fact, research data suggests that driving with a low BAC could be more dangerous.

"Accidents are 36.6 percent more severe even when alcohol was barely detectable in a driver's blood," [David] Phillips said. Even with a BAC of 0.01, Phillips and [Kimberly M.] Brewer write, there are 4.33 serious injuries for every non-serious injury versus 3.17 for sober drivers.

Phillips says that this is because buzzed drivers are more likely to speed, not wear their seat belt, and attempt to drive as if they were sober.

Read More: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/11062...

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  • PDenoli 2011/06/20 20:18:58
    Yes
    PDenoli
    +10
    By definition, driving isn't safe. Anything that distracts you makes it even less safe. If you're going to be driving, it would be smart to reduce all distractions - and avoid any drinking at all.

    But that's not the point of the article. The point of the article is that "Phillips says that this is because buzzed drivers are more likely to speed, not wear their seat belt, and attempt to drive as if they were sober." But that's not what the study examined. He made that part up. His study ran the statistics, but the statistics don't prove causality.

    Here's an equally valid (meaning not at all) hypothesis: "People with just a little alcohol in their system are speeding to get someplace. Either to the store to buy more alcohol because they ran out, or to get home before they have too much to drink at the party." The issue, therefore, becomes a matter of speeding and the alcohol is incidental.

    Here's another: "Due to this study, researchers are recommending that the legal limits be increased!"

    Personally, I don't trust any study where the researchers try to claim more than their data supports. It suggests that they are driven by some sort of agenda, or simply the need to get published, and accuracy or relevance may be lacking.

    After reviewing the full document (look h...
    By definition, driving isn't safe. Anything that distracts you makes it even less safe. If you're going to be driving, it would be smart to reduce all distractions - and avoid any drinking at all.

    But that's not the point of the article. The point of the article is that "Phillips says that this is because buzzed drivers are more likely to speed, not wear their seat belt, and attempt to drive as if they were sober." But that's not what the study examined. He made that part up. His study ran the statistics, but the statistics don't prove causality.

    Here's an equally valid (meaning not at all) hypothesis: "People with just a little alcohol in their system are speeding to get someplace. Either to the store to buy more alcohol because they ran out, or to get home before they have too much to drink at the party." The issue, therefore, becomes a matter of speeding and the alcohol is incidental.

    Here's another: "Due to this study, researchers are recommending that the legal limits be increased!"

    Personally, I don't trust any study where the researchers try to claim more than their data supports. It suggests that they are driven by some sort of agenda, or simply the need to get published, and accuracy or relevance may be lacking.

    After reviewing the full document (look here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.co... ), I'm convinced that this was bad research. It would be a mistake to take much if anything from this.
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  • logan-er-a-tops 2011/07/09 03:47:43
    No
    logan-er-a-tops
    it not safe to drive buzzed drunk plastered or anything no matter what its still dangerous to drive
  • Chuppizard 2011/07/01 14:39:13
    No
    Chuppizard
    Its not that safe, but if you have to get in, then it can't be helped. In Australia, a full license driver can't go over 0.05 BAC.

    But I think its unsafe personally.
  • Jay 2011/06/24 04:24:06
    No
    Jay
    Out of respect 4 everyone on the road it doesn't matter if u drink alcohol @ any level past a sip u don't drive no if ands or butts about it. Not only do u put urself in danger u put others in danger!
  • Thea 2011/06/23 15:16:17
    No
    Thea
    If you are not concerned with your own safety and the safety of others know that you can blow a 0.08 if you have a fresh piece of Trident gum in your mouth and good luck with the leagl hub-ub after you do because you are in for quite a ride. fresh piece trident gum mouth luck leagl hub-ub ride drunk driving
  • Nathan Gallup 2011/06/23 03:33:45
    No
    Nathan Gallup
    alcohol is silly
  • moo 2011/06/22 20:14:36
    Yes
    moo
    If you drink daily yes or know your limit then you know when your acohol limit is still to be able still drive.
  • JohnCarrillo 2011/06/22 19:23:07
  • J 2011/06/21 17:58:10
    No
    J
    People are bad drivers without any mind-altering chemicals in their systems. Why compound the problem?
  • robert 2011/06/21 15:46:07
    Yes
    robert
    Back off
  • Gabhain 2011/06/21 15:20:23
    Yes
    Gabhain
    Driving is dangerous - period. Drinking makes it worse, but distracted driving is the worst.
  • Mike 2011/06/21 14:12:38 (edited)
    Yes
    Mike
    If I'm to consider the word " legal" as accepted and illegal not being accepted.
  • Pamu 2011/06/21 13:49:11
    No
    Pamu
    alcohol causes loss of tone and equilibrium maintenance of coordination of the movements and posture maintenance even in small amounts then why take risk and drink/drive together?
  • La 2011/06/21 13:26:27
    Yes
    La
    It really depends on the person. If they are really lightweight, they shouldn't do it. It's the same as being distracted by something else, ill, or tired. All these things + having a low blood alcohol level are things that COULD impair your driving...but aren't necessarily going to make you drive unsafely. If someone is a good driver, has a good tolerance of alcohol and is paying attention, they'll be a perfectly safe driver.
  • BackWoodsMike 2011/06/21 13:06:35
    No
    BackWoodsMike
    Take it from a person who has had to be on scene during the extraction of body parts out of mangled vehicles driven by those who “only had one or two beers”.... Buzzed driving is DRUNK DRIVING!
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2011/06/21 12:28:53
    No
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Who was it that said driving was safe? Then you want to add booze to the equation?

    driving safe add booze equation
  • lucky 2011/06/21 12:17:35
    Yes
    lucky
    +1
    Im very skeptical of a study that basis its analysis on statistics and hypothesis based on those statistics and not actual research.
  • Lanikai 2011/06/21 12:04:44
    No
    Lanikai
    +1
    BUT it is also not illegal to drive under the legal limit, or they would move the limit.
  • ♠Jen♠ BN - 0 2011/06/21 11:25:55
    Yes
    ♠Jen♠ BN - 0
    +1
    Where's the "other" option? Anyway, that does depend on the person. I know some people that can easily drink three or four beers and not have a problem, and I know others that are so susceptible that after one beer they're stumbling all over the place. It really just depends on the person.
  • l8rthen 2011/06/21 10:54:00
    Yes
    l8rthen
    +1
    You'vegot to be realistic and set standards. Some may be impaired, some may not. Alcohol had diff impact on diff ppl. One could take the same argument with car tires. Are tires that still have the minimun of legal tread as safe as new tires? If the car doesn't handle as well in rain, snow, stop, then it is not as safe as it would be with new. So should we deem tires as unsafe if half their treadlife is used?
  • KingdomNow 2011/06/21 10:00:35
    Yes
    KingdomNow
    +3
    Idiots prone to drinking and driving have impaired judgement without alcohol.
  • Bartholomew 2011/06/21 09:40:28
    No
    Bartholomew
    +2
    I can tell you a single drink can impair you enough to kill somebody. Driving requires your full attention. Anything that diverts some of that attention can be fatal.
  • Lanikai Barthol... 2011/06/21 12:06:39
    Lanikai
    I worry less about drunk drivers or buzzed drivers and a LOT more about texters.

    I want texting while driving that causes a crash to be an automatic attempted murder felony.
  • La Lanikai 2011/06/21 13:30:34
    La
    +1
    But there's already "death by dangerous driving" which is pretty much just as bad. Also stupid to put it under "attempted murder" because there's no intent.....
  • Lanikai La 2011/06/21 18:03:38
    Lanikai
    To me, having been hit by a texters, it IS attempted murder. Every driver handbook says for the driver to be in control of that mobile missile at all times, texting removes the attention of the driver. So, the driver WILLFULLY removes attention from the safe piloting of a mobile missile-ignoring the road rules, it should be attempted murder.
  • La Barthol... 2011/06/21 13:29:44
    La
    *shrug* yeah but you have to be reasonable. Being ill or tired takes away your ability to pay full attention to the road, but we can't have laws against tired people driving. If someone is driving unsafely (for whatever reason) they can be pulled over, but it's perfectly possible for someone who's had one drink to be a safe driver.
  • Barthol... La 2011/06/21 21:39:35
    Bartholomew
    There should be alertness tests for tired people. My uncle fell asleep at the wheel and was paralyzed. I myself have pulled over for a nap and had the police wake me up. Being tired is just as deadly as drunk. It IS perfectly possible for someone who's had one drink to be a safe driver. It is also possible that someone who has never drank, in having one drink, could cause a major traffic accident in which people are killed. Better SAFE than sorry.
  • USAF Vet 2011/06/21 08:37:38 (edited)
    Yes
    USAF Vet
    +4
    This is another "study" designed exclusively for bolstering the nanny state and local revenue generation. If this “study” is adopted by state legislators, any citizen who wishes to partake of a cocktail while dining at their local restaurant, or an after work drink with a friend, and gets “caught” doing so, will automatically be classified a pariah in the eyes of the “zero tolerance” alcohol zealots. Yes, I drink, but sensibly, and responsibly; I resent a “study” like this which, by design, puts me and millions of other responsible consumers of adult beverage at risk of embarrassment and unwarranted criticism.
  • Lanikai USAF Vet 2011/06/21 12:05:55
    Lanikai
    +1
    Anything to get more cash.
  • EMT-B 2011/06/21 06:35:56
    No
    EMT-B
    No, because EMTs still have to scrape you up if you screw up. Don't drink and drive, folks.
  • Tamara McMillan 2011/06/21 06:01:11
    Yes
    Tamara McMillan
    +3
    The answer is YES . . . IF you know how you react to alcohol and are able to handle a drink or two at all. I know some people who can feel the effects from one drink and maybe are within the legal limits but not really within their best reaction time limits.
  • Myst 2011/06/21 05:24:16
    No
    Myst
    Alcohol of any amount in a persons system causes an imbalance and driving requires all our attention and senses.
  • l8rthen Myst 2011/06/21 10:56:35
    l8rthen
    +2
    Should pp be allowed to drive if they're sick?
  • Myst l8rthen 2011/06/22 18:17:55
    Myst
    I'll leave you to determine, my statement stands at driving requires all our attention and senses.
  • l8rthen Myst 2011/06/22 19:39:27
    l8rthen
    If a person is sick, they cannot truly be at top of their game, be as alert, have the same reaction times or pay as much attn. Therefore it seems logical that they too should be banned if we're playing that tune for other reasons. At least if we're doing for anything remotely science based.
  • Myst l8rthen 2011/06/22 22:20:14
    Myst
    I responded with an opinion regarding driving and alcohol. Logic would be that since all of are attention and senses are required to drive someone that suffers an impairment that would affect an ability to drive, should not drive. I believe that is the way it's supposed to work regarding the licensing of drivers. It's not a right to drive, but a privilege.
  • BT 2011/06/21 05:15:00
    Yes
    BT
    +3
    Another one for the bad science trash heap.
    How was the data collected? Where were they driving? What about time if day vs. night? I'd not be surprised if these accidents happened at night.
    Did you also know that stork populations in Europe are declining, and so are birth rates. Coincidence? I think not!
  • marcie 2011/06/21 04:20:43
    No
    marcie
    legal limits effect each person in different ways depending on their size, weight, metabolism. But even 1 beer for a big person can make you feel more relaxed even though the alcohol content isn't that high, it can and will effect your reaction time for a sudden unforseen situation.
  • kobidobidog 2011/06/21 02:25:32 (edited)
    No
    kobidobidog
    It should be obvious that an automobile is a like a weapon on four wheels, and humans should drive it with respect having all of your faculties working at 100%. Humans are endangered by a moving car likened unto a human carrying an M 16 assault riffle. The sudden stopping of the car will cause the vision of anyone in the car to blur for a fraction of a second causing a bone on top of the spine to shift even if it is positioned to not irritate the nerves around the Atlas. That is called wipe lash.That will causing the spine to go out of a healthy shape. Most humans have a problem from the get go when they are born,and one repercussion is humans begin to drink thinking they are helping a problem they are not even aware of. Even if a policeman, doctor by stander, or news caster or occupant of the car thinks they are fine are more than likely not as fine as they may think even if they are able to walk away from an accident.
  • Lanikai kobidob... 2011/06/21 12:09:07
    Lanikai
    I call vehicles 5000 TO 7000 pound gas fueled missiles. NO ONE should drive distracted or impaired and ANY collision while impaired or texting should be considered attmpted murder at the felony level.
  • kobidob... Lanikai 2011/06/24 03:47:24 (edited)
    kobidobidog
    +1
    A missile is a good analogy to living bodies that die because men chose to think God did not give them all good things, and chose another master. In spirit we need to chose God, and when we do humans will be good to whoever.
    The one who kills, condemns like Satan, and incarcerates spiting up families, gives evil for evil, and is not merciful, and not forgiving, and does not repent is the one in danger of being turned to dust around the city of God at the second resurrection. Have Jesus in you now,and be safe, but don't have not the non stone throwing non condemning Jesus in you now will be the worst mistake anyone could ever make. Revelation 20,9, no eternal burning because there will not be an ever burning moat of fire around the city of God on the new earth. Condemners will be condemned. Idol worshipers who oppress the sexualities, nudist, whoever will not be in heaven either. That is why the legal system is foolish to God. The maker of life thinks differently from man who kills life to make things,and when he eats things.

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