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There is a significant difference between getting tipsy while you're drinking and ending up drunk. Walking that line can be difficult, especially if you don't have a way to test yourself.

While drunk driving is never a good idea, that doesn't mean that drinking is bad for you. In fact, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is actually good for you. It's known to help reduce the risk of diabetes, helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease and dementia end even reduces the risk of ischemic stroke.

What is moderate drinking, though? How can you stay safer on the roads by drinking only moderate amounts?

Moderate drinking means having no more than two standard drinks during each day of the week for men or women under the age of 65. Those over 65 should have no more than one standard drink daily.

It should also be fairly clear that one or two standard drinks per day is not likely to cause you to become intoxicated, although there are other factors that play a role in your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). When you drink only moderate amounts, your BAC is more likely to fall between .04 and .05 percent, which makes it perfectly legal for anyone who is not a commercial driver to get behind the wheel.

When you drink more than a moderate amount, it's possible to see intoxication begin. Once your BAC reaches .04, you may feel good, and that might make you drink more. Avoid the trap, since it can end up causing you to be over the limit. If you do get behind the wheel, you could be arrested for having a BAC of .08 or higher. When that happens, you'll want to talk to your attorney about defending yourself as soon as possible.

Source: BAC Track, "The Perfect BAC: Threading the Needle Between Tipsy and Drunk," accessed June 23, 2017

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