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Impaired driving in North Carolina can cause a variety of serious problems for both the driver and those in his or her vicinity. According to the Centers to Disease Control and Prevention, an average of almost 30 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents each day in the United States. Alcohol abuse and the impaired driving that results may be more common in certain age groups. Among fatal accidents involving drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, almost one third of all offenders were 21-24 years old.

Impaired driving has serious effects on mental sharpness, which is critical for safe driving. Having 0.08 percent BAC in the system can interrupt the mind's ability to focus and process information, and it may even cause loss of memory. This level is the equivalent to 4 alcoholic drinks, on average. The number of drinks needed to reach this level depends on the exact size of the drinks, as well as the weight of the person consuming them.

People who chose to drink should act responsibly. Since alcohol has the ability to impair judgment and reasoning, it is best to have a plan in place before consuming alcohol. Selecting a designated driver and encouraging others to do the same may help reduce the risk of alcohol-induced traffic accidents.

According to MedicineNet, impaired driving may result in incarceration or license suspension. In addition to the other risks involved, it has resulted in over $50 billion of expenses across the country in one year alone. Since the stakes are so high, it is best to exercise caution when consuming alcohol, and take precautions before getting behind the wheel.

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