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How much is too much when it comes to drinking?

It's not an uncommon scene in Arizona. Someone goes to a dinner or a party and has a little to drink; just a beer or a glass of wine. They insist they're fine to drive once the party ends, and successfully make it home. But were they really fine? Exactly how much is too much when it comes to drinking and driving?

The Arizona State government has a website with the state DUI laws listed on it very clearly. Among these is the statement that anyone under the age of 21 cannot have alcohol in their system whatsoever. For those over 21, the blood alcohol content level (BAC) limit is 0.08, which is standard for most states.

But do you know how many drinks can push you over that limit? The truth is, no one can actually tell how drunk they are based solely on how they feel. In addition to that, everyone's body metabolizes alcohol differently, and all alcohols have varying impacts on the body. One person can drink several beers and be below a 0.08 BAC. Another may have one shot of hard liquor and be over the limit. 

If that wasn't enough, people can even feel the way that alcohol affects them differently. Someone can feel entirely fine and perhaps even be able to perform well in a field sobriety test, but their BAC might be over 0.08. Even if you feel capable of driving at that point, it's still illegal.

For this reason, it's said that no one should get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol. It's better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this.

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