Blood Alcohol Limit: It Could be Lowered Soon
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

be newsDrink up, lushes! Your weekly after work happy hour could soon be a buzz-less outing.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that states reduce the allowed blood-alcohol limit to 0.05 percent from the current 0.08 percent.

Board officials say the blood-alcohol limit, established a decade ago, has stalled progress in reducing the number of roadway fatalities. About 10,000 people die in alcohol related accident annually.

What would this mean for drinkers? Instead of four “tall boy” beers, which would put an average sized male at the 0.08 percent limit, just two beers could be consumed before reaching the 0.05 percent limit. For the average female, three “gin and tonics” would have to be reduced to just two.

However, most regular drinkers know that blood-alcohol concentration varies by body weight, gender, stomach contents and other health related factors.

Whether or not the limit changes, let’s all be safe and responsible.

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.