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Alcohol functions as both a pleasurable drink and a type of medicine. Medical people and the government classify it as the most common legal drug. The brew began in the Stone Age and proof comes in the form of 10,000 year old beer jugs. Ayurvedic texts from India concluded alcohol had a dual purpose. If consumed in moderation, the alcohol becomes medicinal, but if consumed in large quantities in a short period, it becomes a poison. That philosophy is still with us today.
Just the Facts
The crux of the problem today, is the amount of alcohol taken in and the age of drinking. According to the National Institute of Health, 40% of the traffic deaths happen because of alcohol. In addition, those under the age of 21 are affected by alcohol even more so because the brain has not fully matured yet. The good news is the policies targeting 16 to 20 year olds in the 1980′s has resulted in a decrease from about 5,000 deaths a year to a little over 2,000 deaths a year. Leaving the drinking age at 21 has had a positive effect on the community and teenagers.
How Blood Alcohol Content is Determined
When blood alcohol content becomes 0.08 percent on the breath analyzer test, then the law defines one as legally drunk. What this number means is, in 100 millilitre of blood there is 8 liquid grams that is alcohol. When alcohol becomes metabolized by the body some of it leaks into your breath as ethanol. The medical device created estimates the amount of ethanol in one’s exhaled breath. The device does this with electrochemical cells that detect the ethanol and the standard is based on a well established and researched blood to breath ratio.
Once one becomes pulled over for a possible DUI, refusing a breath test is essentially an admittance of guilt. The officer in charge issues a ticket. His or her observations on driving behavior and the other motor skill tests given becomes the premier evidence in a case. Not taking the breath analyzer test is not an advantage in court. Conditions do exist that mimic drunk driving behavior. Reactions to medications, diabetic episodes and even some types of dementia manifest similar behavior. When a case is presented in court the following factors are considered how tired you are, medications taken, known medical conditions, amount of alcohol if taken and the percentage of alcohol in the blood. When hiring a lawyer to deal with a citation for drunk driving, make sure it is someone you are comfortable enough to tell these types of detailed personal information to.
These types of incidents do occur in one’s life or a loved one’s life. Instead of focusing on the sin, people and institutions need to focus on how to resolve or heal the issues. Humans make choices and make mistakes. Offering real help is the best way to take care of issues and people.