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How does alcohol impact you as you continue drink?

The reason that the legal limit for drinking as been set at a blood alcohol concentration of .08 is that alcohol impacts you differently as your BAC climbs. This does not mean that you won't feel the impact at all if it's below .08, however. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, relaxation, loss of judgement and a slight impairment of your ability to follow moving objects can start at just .02.

As you get up to .05, you can start to feel the effects more drastically, and you may even lose just a little bit of muscle control. You also won't be as alert, your judgment may be altered, and you could begin to have trouble steering. You'll still feel pretty good at this point.

The next step is .08, and this is when things really begin to change, as your vision, coordination and muscle control all drop. You may have a hard time concentrating, and you can even start losing memories at this point. Your perception can be off, and your ability to react to things around you could drop significantly -- which is why this is viewed as the line for drivers, who must react quickly to changes on the road.

By the time you get up to .15, you could begin to feel sick. That good, warm feeling from before may be gone, and you could have serious trouble controlling yourself. It becomes hard to pay attention and your ability to process what's happening around your vehicle falls even further.

If you've been given drunk driving charges, you must know what legal options you have. It's important to look at exactly how the police in South Carolina knew that you were impaired, such as whether they made you do field sobriety tests or used a breath test.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)," accessed April. 14, 2015

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