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Case made for lower alcohol levels for drivers

by TSchmitt
Wed, May 15th 2013 10:30 am

Are the legal blood alcohol limits too high for drivers?

Federal accident investigators recommended earlier this week that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that's substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending lowering the blood alcohol limit for driving to .05-percent.  Cleveland Clinic Dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick explains just how many drinks that could be. 

More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 alcohol content standard or lower, according to a report by the board's staff. In Europe, the share of traffic deaths attributable to drunken driving was reduced by more than half within 10 years after the standard was dropped.

Kirkpatrick also believes the new standards could be good for the nation's health. Experts believe men shouldn't have more than two drinks per day, while women just one per day for health reasons. 

Cleveland Clinic Dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick says it could lead to healthier lifestyles. 


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