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You risk a DUI arrest if you drive after binge drinking

Teens have a different view of alcohol consumption than their parents do, and it is called binge drinking. Driving after a bout of binge drinking with friends is extremely risky. Along with endangering other motorists, it could lead to an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

A common interest

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is a popular activity among people from 18 to 34 years of age and is twice as common for men than for women. Most people under the age of 21 say they have at least tried it, and many binge drinkers consume large amounts of alcohol. Statistics indicate that one in seven teens is a binge drinker, but only 1 in 100 parents is aware that his or her child participates in such an activity.

What it involves

There are various definitions of binge drinking, but it is most often defined as consuming five drinks in a row for men, and four for women within a two-hour timespan. Bingeing brings the body's blood alcohol content level to 0.08 percent or above. As to the possibility of a DUI arrest, driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent is illegal in all 50 states, but the threshold for underage drivers is 0.00 to 0.02 percent.

Risking your future

You may never have had a brush with the law, but if you get behind the wheel after a bout of binge drinking with friends, you risk an arrest for DUI, which can be a frightening experience. One of the penalties you will face is license suspension for 30 days. How are you going to get to class at your university or your part-time job? Remember that a conviction generates a DUI mark that goes on your record for anyone doing a background check to see. However, you have rights to protect and legal options to ponder. While considering those options, perhaps you will want to think about how binge drinking is affecting your life, and your future.

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