How Alcohol Affects Driving

How Alcohol Affects Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in 2012, there were more than 10,000 auto accident fatalities where alcohol was a factor in the United States. Drunk driving is a serious concern and it’s important to understand how alcohol affects driving.

How Alcohol Affects Driving

You may think that it requires multiple drinks to experience how alcohol affects driving. But just one or two drinks can impact driving, and potentially put you over the legal alcohol limit. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, common ways alcohol can affect a driver’s ability to drive safely include:

  • Impaired vision
  • Reduced reaction times
  • Reduced concentration
  • Increased drowsiness
  • Difficulty to detect danger
  • Failure to process information and obey road rules
  • Difficulty performing several tasks at once, such as changing lanes while concentrating on traffic

By being over the legal alcohol limit, which in California is having a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08, you can receive a DUI. A DUI is a serious offense, and can cost you thousands of dollars. Depending on the severity of your case, you could face penalties such as: license suspension or revocation, jail time, community service, treatment programs, limited driving privileges, and traffic school.

When to Get Legal Help

If you receiveĀ a DUI, handling the situation alone can be scary and stressful, so much is at stake. Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 to be connected with an experienced criminal defense attorney today. A DUI attorney knows the court system, laws and how to get charges reduced or dropped. A DUI attorney can do the following on your behalf:

  • Help with bail
  • Collect evidence
  • Prepare briefs
  • Issue motions
  • Represent you at hearings and trials
  • Analyze field, breath and blood tests
  • Negotiate with the prosecutor
  • Seek a dismissal or reduction in charges, when appropriate

For an experienced criminal defense attorney, call 1-800-THE-LAW2. Our attorneys know success, and have been providing legal representation since 1985.


  1. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Drinking and Driving. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Impaired Driving. Retrieved February 16, 2015.