In America alone, every 2 minutes a person gets injured in a drunk driving crash, and one person is killed every hour by drunk driving making it the number one cause of death on our roadways. Learn the facts from myths about drunk driving prevention below.

#1. He/She said: “Just drink. Don’t worry about your blood alcohol concentration. I know a trick to lower it.”

FACT: There is no way you can lower your blood alcohol concentration. It takes time to eliminate it from your system. Drinking strong coffee, cold showers, dancing, and running cannot lessen the effects of alcohol. The liver is responsible for collecting and eliminating waste, so wait for it to do its job. Be careful of energy drinks as well. These beverages may make you stay alert but do not reduce the effects of alcohol impairment. Remember that alcohol concentration in your blood continues to increase and reaches its maximum level one hour after your last drink.

#2.He/She said: “I’m not drunk at all; in fact, I feel perfectly fine! I can drive home safely.”

FACT: That is a precarious and dangerous thing to say. Even when you don’t feel drunk or tired, your blood alcohol level will reveal the truth. Research shows that having a beer or a shot of liquor raises your blood alcohol level to .08mg per 100ml, enough to cause driving impairment.

#3. Myth: A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading below 0.08 means there is no risk.

FACT: A low blood alcohol concentration reading does not mean those two whiskey shots won’t hurt. You can still be impaired even if your BAC reading is below average, and you may even get arrested. Many factors affect your blood alcohol levels, so do not depend on it.

#4. Myth: Men have better alcohol tolerance than women.

FACT: Even though women have slightly higher blood alcohol concentration given the same amount of alcohol consumed for the same weight, many factors like gender, medication, weight, food intake, and health conditions, still come into play regarding a person’s alcohol absorption.

#5. He/She said: “I’ll be a few blocks away, not too far.”

FACT: Not True. A considerable number of accidents happen close to home. Drivers tend to pay less attention when the route is familiar, which lowers their vigilance when it comes to intersections, traffic lights, changing directions, etc. slowing down a driver’s reaction in an unexpected situation.

#6. Myth: “Start them young and they’ll lose interest early.”

FACT: Individuals who started drinking at a younger age have a higher risk of developing alcohol dependence and other alcohol-related problems. Furthermore, teenage drinking takes the lives of 4,300 people each year. One in seven teenagers binge drinks, but only 1 out of 100 parents believe their child consumes alcohol. Ninety-five percent of Americans with alcohol dependency started drinking before the legal age of 21.

You are your teens’ primary resource in making decisions. Believe it or not, parents are number one on the list of significant influencers for teens in their decision to avoid alcohol before the legal age. So go ahead and communicate with your teens. Here’s a resource you can use.

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