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DUI Impairment

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Definition - What does DUI Impairment mean?

Consuming alcohol has been shown to cause both physical and mental impairments. Impairments can include lack of motor control (walking, talking, hearing and seeing), mood changes, diminished cognitive skills, reduced impulse control, reduced reasoning, decreased depth perception, and lack of judgment. Intoxicated individuals may also lack the ability to accurately interpret the behavior of others and their general surroundings.

Alcohol and/or drug consumption and the resulting diminished physical and mental capacities can lead to risky behaviors, accidents and death. Consuming alcohol and driving under the influence has been proven to lead to an increase in car accidents and life-threatening assaults. State laws have made it illegal for intoxicated individuals with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher to drive or to operate heavy machinery, including a motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft.

Impairments caused by intoxication can vary widely among individuals. Heavy drinkers may have a higher tolerance than infrequent drinkers. Females also generally have a lower tolerance for alcohol than men. Intoxication can also be affected by a person's body weight, sex, age, dehydration, other consumed drugs and fatigue. Contrary to common myths taking a cold shower, sleeping or drinking coffee will not decrease a drinker's BAC (blood alcohol concentration) or speed up the metabolism of alcohol in the driver's body thereby decreasing their level of impairment.

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