aEthanol impairs judgment and coordination. It is well recognized that driving under the influence of ethanol is unsafe. However, the definition of what is safe or acceptable varies between countries and can change as a result of social, political, or scientific influences.

legislation regarding legal limits of blood ethanol for driving may change.

Table 9 Relationship between amount of ethanol consumed, blood ethanol concentration (BEC), and effect of ethanol on the central nervous system


Possible BEC



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