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The dangers of drunk driving

Receiving a drunk driving charge in New Hampshire is a very serious offense. Not only are there severe legal ramifications, driving drunk may also seriously harm you and other drivers. The following information illustrates just how deadly drunk driving can be and what you can do if you suspect you have a problem with alcohol.

As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 29 people lose their lives in an alcohol-related crash on a daily basis. Young drivers have a higher risk of being injured while driving drunk, with people aged 25 to 34 encompassing 29 percent of all alcohol-related driving fatalities. Additionally, drivers 16 through 24 make up 39 percent of driving deaths linked to alcohol.

Drunk driving is so deadly because of what it does to your ability. While the legal limit is .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), effects begin as low as .02. People with this level of alcohol in their system will experience impaired judgment and an altered state of mind. By .08 reaction time and vision are impacted, as is the ability to reason. At .10 speech become slurred and thinking is slowed, and at .15 substantial impairment is common.

Some people who drink and drive do so because of underlying alcohol abuse issues. In this case, finding the right treatment is crucial, as explained by WebMD. Inpatient treatment is a good option for people with severe drinking problems. This is especially true for people who’ve been drinking for a long time who may need to undergo medically-assisted detox. Behavior therapy can also be useful for treating mental health issues contributing to alcoholism. People also find help in support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

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