Increased Risk of Crashes with a Single Glass of Beer – University of California Study

By | January 30, 2012

It is known that alcohol abuse causes severe health issues. Driving under the influence of alcohol is responsible for several accidents in the United States. The legal limit of the blood alcohol concentration varies with country. It is found to be 0.05% in Germany, 0.03% in Japan and 0.02% in Sweden. As you know, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent is the legal limit in the country. However, a study conducted by the University of California revealed that blood alcohol concentration as small as 0.01 percent is enough for the increased chances of crashes.

It was found that drinking even a single glass of beer or wine raises the BAC. The study analyzed the national data on fatal car accidents in the United States between 1994 and 2008. It was found that even with barely detectable amounts of alcohol in the blood of driver, there were 4.33 serious injuries for every non-serious injury versus 3.17 injuries for sober drivers. The accidents were found to be 36.6% more severe even when the blood alcohol concentration was barely detectable.

Three factors were found to be responsible for the increased chances of crashes. There are more chances that the drunken drivers are improperly seat-belted, involved in speed driving and drive the striking vehicle. The amount of alcohol consumed is related to these three factors. The greater the blood alcohol concentration in the driver, the greater will be the average speed of the vehicle and the greater the severity of the accident. The study, therefore, revealed that even small levels of blood alcohol concentration rises the risk of accidents. So, don’t take alcohol when you are supposed to drive.

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