Comment: With driving, even small amounts affect judgement.

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With driving, even small amounts affect judgement.

Coupling alcohol and firearms with dangerous situations is a combination for disasters, IMO. Zero tolerance is only way.
Even Small Amounts of Alcohol May Impair Driving
Study Shows a Link Between Car Accidents and Drivers With Less Than Legal Limit for Alcohol in Blood

June 21 2011 -- Driving with a buzz can be as dangerous as driving when you are fully intoxicated, a new study suggests.

The blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit in the U.S. is set at 0.08%, but levels well below this legal limit are associated with car accidents that cause incapacitating injury and death. According to the CDC, close to 30 people in the U.S. die every day in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This is the equivalent of one death every 48 minutes.

"Buzz kills," says David Phillips, PhD a sociologist at University of California, San Diego. "No amount of alcohol seems to be safe for driving."

The new study appears in Addiction.

In the study, drivers who tested positive for blood alcohol at levels well-below the legal BAC limit were more likely to be in severe car accidents than sober drivers largely because they drove significantly faster, were less likely to be appropriately using a seatbelt, and were usually driving the striking vehicle.

The more alcohol the driver drank, the faster that they were likely to be driving, and the more severe the car accident was likely to be, the study shows.
Alcohol Blood Levels

Lowering the legal BAC limit may help, Phillips says. In Sweden, the BAC limit is 0.02%; in Japan, it is 0.03%.