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‘Buzzed’ Driving May Pose Serious Risk

(credit:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Most of us are aware that alcohol can impact reflexes and driving ability and it is clear to all that alcohol levels over the limit can be disastrous. However there is a recent trend to warn people about buzzed driving. That is because of a study which has found you may still pose a serious danger to yourself and others if you get behind the wheel.

According to a report in the Journal of Epidemiology, so-called buzzed drivers are 46 percent more likely to be officially blamed for fatal accidents than sober drivers.

There’s no sudden increase in fatal collisions when bac, blood alcohol content, surpasses legal levels. Instead, drivers become steadily more dangerous the more they drink.

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