By Staff Writer
Throughout the U.S., the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08 percent. However, a new study from a group of University of California researchers suggests that driving with any amount of alcohol in the blood may be unsafe.
For the study, researchers examined a database of car accident records that contained information on all individuals who were involved in any type of crash in the U.S. between 1994 and 2008. The results of this examination showed that driving with any amount of alcohol in a person’s system significantly increases their chances of being involved in an accident.
In particular, the team found that slightly impaired drivers, even those with a blood alcohol content of 0.01 percent, were at a 36.6 percent greater risk of being in a severe crash, which were defined by the amount of physical injury they caused.
The researchers said that the driving ability of a person who has one or two drinks and is under the legal limit may not actually be impaired. However, these people may be more likely to speed, not wear their seat belt or take unnecessary risks. This may account for the increased risk.
For individuals who are having a hard time giving up the habit of driving while impaired, addiction treatment may help them get over their addiction.