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Teen alcohol use can damage future prospects

The use of alcohol by those under the age of 21 is a bad thing for a few reasons. First, it's illegal. That means that those who are caught face charges related to underage drinking. Another reason is because it can lead to trouble with substance abuse. Third, it can have an immediate impact on their health.

Alcohol abuse is the most common form of substance abuse in teenagers and children. In fact, it is estimated that at least a third of teens have had a single alcoholic drink by the time they reach 15. By 18, at least 60% of teens have had an alcoholic beverage (beyond just a few sips).

What is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and is it accurate?

You went out for a night with friends, and you had a little too much to drink. Despite knowing that you'd ingested some alcohol, you didn't think it was enough to make you a dangerous driver.

Several minutes later, you had to swerve to avoid a small animal in the road. Then, you noticed the flashing lights behind you. The police saw your movements but didn't see the reason for the swerve. They stop you, smell alcohol and ask you to take sobriety tests.

Some reasons to consider alcohol treatment with a pending DUI

Millions of Americans use alcohol frequently, and thousands of them get arrested in South Carolina every year for driving under the influence (DUI). People who get behind the wheel after drinking enough to become impaired endanger themselves and everyone else on the road, which is why impaired driving is illegal even if no one gets hurt.

Quite a few people who could find themselves facing criminal charges related to impaired driving wind up in their current situation because of a problem with alcohol abuse or dependency. For these individuals, voluntarily deciding to join a substance abuse program or undergo alcohol abuse counseling could be a very wise decision.

3 ways that a DUI conviction can impact your job prospects

Anyone who gets stopped by police due to a suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) could find themselves facing an arrest and then criminal charges. Drivers in South Carolina may think that their impaired-driving woes will end when they enter a guilty plea or finish paying off any fines associated with the offense, but the truth is that a DUI can haunt someone for many years.

One of the many ways a DUI can negatively affect you is by impacting your job or your future career prospects. There are three ways in particular that the DUI conviction or guilty plea could impact your professional life.

Learn the facts about alcohol use in America

You enjoy going out for a night on the town. In fact, that time away from work and other responsibilities is a great way to recharge. If alcohol is a part of that time out, it's important to be responsible with how you drink. If you drink too much, you could become intoxicated, make poor decisions and even end up with a DUI.

Did you know that over 216 million people in America have tried alcohol? It's a normal part of life, and it's something that can help people relax. Of course, while there are some positives to drinking, there are many downsides that have to be considered carefully.

Labor Day blues: Avoid a DUI with these tips

You are heading out to a barbecue for Labor Day, and you can't wait to spend the afternoon with the people you care about. You know that alcohol is going to be a big part of the festivities, and you're all right with that. You like to drink, so what could be better than enjoying yourself with a few drinks surrounded by people you love?

Nothing dampens the spirit of a great holiday like a DUI, and that's something that you will need to be careful to avoid on a holiday like Labor Day. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can follow to help you avoid a DUI and any trouble with the law due to intoxication.

Out of state? You can still get a DUI

South Carolina, like other states, prohibits people from driving when they are impaired by alcohol. South Carolina's blood alcohol content limit is .08%, which means that anyone at or over that limit can be charged with a DUI. If you are under the limit, you may still face a DUI if you fail the roadside sobriety tests or if there is other evidence of intoxication or impairment.

If you are not from South Carolina but are facing a DUI, you can still face criminal penalties. If you are under 21, you can have your license automatically suspended for three months. You will lose it for six months if you have a prior offense. The law allows a BAC of up to .02% before penalties for the zero-tolerance law apply. If you refuse to consent to BAC testing, then you will have your license automatically suspended for six months on a first offense and a year for a second or subsequent offense.

Sobriety tests aren't always right: Here's why

If you're stopped by the authorities, they may state that they want you to take a field sobriety test, especially if you take a Breathalyzer test and have a blood alcohol content that is close to .08%. The goal of field sobriety testing is to see if you're impaired or able to drive safely.

Field sobriety tests have been used for decades, but in the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did ask for the evaluation of these tests to see if they were accurate. The institute that performed the research, the Southern California Research Institute, recommended three field sobriety tests that were the most accurate:

  • One-leg stand
  • Walk and turn
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus

Know your limits: What does it take to get to .08%?

When you plan a night out for drinking, one thing you have to be cautious of is how much alcohol you have. The number of drinks matters, as does the percentage of alcohol and the way your body is metabolizing it.

It's not always simple to know your limit, which is why it's advisible to stop drinking an hour or two before you intend to leave an event. Additionally, it's a smart choice to carry a smartphone Breathalyzer or a pocket-sized breath test to guarantee that you're legal to drive.

How to yield safely onto the interstate

There is more to driving on the interstate than getting up to speed, moving into the right lane and staying there until it's time to exit. For example, before you can drive on the interstate, you must first yield into traffic.

The more you drive, the more you'll understand how to safely yield. However, even the most experienced drivers run into trouble from time to time. There are many reasons for this, ranging from fast moving traffic to congestion.

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