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How can a blood alcohol concentration of .08 affect me?

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels affect everyone differently. Generally, at .08 BAC, the legal limit in many states, you may find that your muscle coordination becomes poor (including balance, speech, vision, reaction time and hearing). You'll have trouble detecting danger; your concentration and short-term memory are reduced, and your judgment, self-control and reasoning become impaired. These effects are accompanied by reduced information processing capability, lack of speed perception and control and a clear deterioration of reaction time. Slurred speech also becomes an issue at this point.

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