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Binge drinkers make dangerous drivers

When young people develop a taste for alcohol, they are more apt to go in for binge drinking than for establishing any kind of regular drinking pattern. In fact, this is a very popular activity among teenagers and college students. The Surgeon General reported that while young people may not drink as often as older adults, they drink more heavily. Since adolescents tend to believe they are invincible, they may feel confident in their ability to operate a vehicle under the influence. However, if they manage to get behind the wheel after putting away several drinks, they become a danger to themselves and to other drivers.

Binge drinking defined

Binge drinking, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is defined as a pattern that results in a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 g/DL, which is the legal limit for adults. This activity, as defined by the NIAAA, refers to consuming five alcoholic drinks for men or four for women, within a two-hour period. However, in terms of operating a motor vehicle, the state of Michigan has a Zero Tolerance law for any driver younger than 21 years of age. In short, it is illegal for a minor with any level of BAC, however slight, to operate a motorized vehicle. As a teenager has not reached maturity, it may take less than four or five alcoholic drinks to be considered a binge.

Sobering statistics

In 2015, NIAAA data showed that 26.9 percent of those 18 or older engaged in binge drinking during a one-month period. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 5.1 million people between the ages of 12 and 20 fell into the same category, and the ratio of females to males was about even.

About Alcohol Use Disorder

AUD is the diagnosis when the use of alcohol causes harm or distress. Two different disorders may be combined into AUD: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. If a young adult engages in binge drinking behavior long enough, this kind of condition may result, along with issues such as memory lapses, difficulty with concentration, high blood pressure and other types of heart problems.

Driving under the influence

Data gathered about drunk driving indicates that binge drinkers may bear the greatest responsibility for DUI. These people are often more reckless behind the wheel, and they may have four or five times more alcohol in their systems than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Given the Zero Tolerance law, a young driver who is charged with driving under the influence faces a number of unpleasant consequences, even if he or she has been fortunate enough to have avoided a car accident. In addition to fines and license suspension, the driver could face jail time. If your son or daughter is a minor charged with DUI, you can turn to an attorney who is experienced with such cases for support and legal assistance.

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