Pete drinks

Meet Alex, the college student.



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Meet Alex, the college student.

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Tonight, Alex is going out to a party.

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At the party, Alex has an alcoholic beverage.

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The alcohol causes Alex’s blood alcohol level (BAL) or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to rise.

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How quickly Alex’s BAL rises depends on several factors.

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Alex’s weight.

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Alex’s gender.

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How much Alex eats.

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How much Alex drinks.

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How quickly Alex drinks.

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What Alex drinks.

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Not all drinks have the same amount of alcohol.

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Not all drinks have the same amount of alcohol.

12 oz beer

4 oz glass of wine

10 oz wine cooler

1 oz shot

1 serving of alcohol

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Alex thinks more drinks are better.

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But Alex is wrong.

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Above 0.06, Alex begins to feel the depressant effects of alcohol such as sluggishness, fatigue, sloppiness, lack of balance, and slurred speech.

Blood Alcohol Concentration

Changes in Feelings & Personality Physical & Mental Impairments

0.01 – 0.06 Relaxation, Sense of Well-being, Loss of Inhibition, Lowered Alertness, Joyous

Thought, Judgment, Coordination, Concentration

0.06 – 0.10 Blunted Feelings, DisinhibitionExtroversion, Impaired Sexual Pleasure

Reflexes Impaired, Reasoning, Depth Perception, Distance Acuity, Peripheral Vision, Glare Recovery

0.11 – 0.20 Over-Expression, Emotional Swings, Angry or Sad, Boisterous

Reaction Time, Gross Motor Control, Staggering, Slurred Speech

0.21 – 0.29 Stupor, Lose Understanding, Impaired Sensations

Severe Motor Impairment, Loss of Consciousness, Memory Blackout

0.30 – 0.39 Severe Depression, Unconsciousness, Death Possible

Bladder Function, Breathing, Heart Rate

0.40 + Unconsciousness, Death Breathing, Heart Rate

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On the way home, Alex is pulled over by the police.

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Alex fails the sobriety test.

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Alex fails the breathalyzer.

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And Alex’s is 19.

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Alex is charged with a DUI and faces fines, fees and up to 90 days in jail.