How can a blood alcohol concentration of .05 affect me?

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Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels affect everyone differently. Generally, at .05 BAC, you may display exaggerated behavior and have loss of small-muscle control (focusing your eyes, for example), impaired judgment, lowered alertness and a release of inhibition. The physical effects of a .05 BAC involve further reduced coordination and ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering an automobile and a reduced response to emergency driving situations.

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Alcohol & Health

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol daily, such as two 12-ounce beers or two 5-ounce glasses of wine, offers some health benefits, especially for the heart. It can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and peripheral vascu...

lar disease, lowers your risk of developing gallstones, and possibly reduces your risk of stroke and diabetes. Anything more than moderate drinking can lead to serious health problems, however, including strokes; pancreatitis; cancer of the liver, pancreas, mouth, larynx or esophagus; heart-muscle damage; high blood pressure; and cirrhosis of the liver. 

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