One Number You Think You Know, But Probably Don’t

It’s a number we all think we know, or at least think we can guess at reasonably accurately. And it’s a very important number, one with serious consequences if we guess wrong.

Every year in this country about 1.5 million people guess wrong. Of those, some ten thousand do so fatally.

The number is simply how many drinks is safe to drink and still be able to drive.

A lot of people think that number is “a couple.” They think if they are just a bit buzzed, or relaxed, but they’re not slurring their words or stumbling between tables, they’re all right to drive.

The fact is, “a couple” can mean different things, depending on the size and type of drink. Other factors, too, make a difference: what you’ve had to eat, how tired you are, and of course, your size, weight, sex and individual constitution.

One of the effects of alcohol, even at low BACs, is impaired judgement.    That can mean that your perception of impairment might be impaired too.

When drinking responsibly, it’s always a good idea to arrange for a sober ride home before you start drinking.