is a disease that causes people to drink alcohol beverages compulsively. Persons who are always bothered with this urge to
drink are called alcoholics.
has a clear effect on a person's motor abilities. Medically classified as a depressant drug, alcohol slows the abilities
of the brain. Reactions are slower after several drinks.
The best way to avoid problems associated with alcohol is not to drink at
all. One of the most effective ways to save lives and prevent injuries associated with drinking and driving is to educate
drivers as well as passengers.
DWI/DUI Laws are based on:
Concentration (BAC)-the amount of alcohol in the blood expressed as a percentage. BAC is measured by a breath, blood or urine
Driving behavior before being
stopped, .08% and above presumed intoxicated.
BAC and The Law:
much does BAC increase with each drink? It depends on the person's gender, body weight and the amount of alcohol consumed.
As well as how fast the person drinks, his or her mood, and the amount of food in the person's stomach may also affect
For Example: A 150lb.
male/120lb. female who has 2 beers would have a BAC of about .04% (male) .06%(female) After 3 beers, the BAC would
be about .06% (male) .09% (female)
bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and a 1.5-ounces of hard liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol
and have the same effects on the body and mind.
average, it takes 2 to 3 hours for a single drink to leave the body's system. Nothing can speed up this process, including
drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or walking. Only time will sober a person up!
Once an alcoholic decides to seek treatment physicians first
care for the patient's physical needs. Alcoholic's may experience nervous symptoms when the alcohol leaves the body with
these extreme cases physicians prescribe sedatives to calm the patient.