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With a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .02% (about 2 alcoholic drinks) predictable effects on driving include:
Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target)
Decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time (Divided attention)
With a BAC of .05% (about 3 alcoholic drinks) predictable effects on driving include:
Reduced ability to track moving objects
Reduced response to emergency driving situations
Adapted from The ABCs of BACpdf iconexternal icon, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2005
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a great reminder to talk to your kids about making safe choices regarding alcohol and marijuana use.
Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes.
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.
In New York state, the legal limit is .08% BAC. But drivers can experience effects even before reaching that level. Learn more here.
According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of Webster high school students:
43% reported having drunk alcohol before, and 12% reported "binging" in the last 30 days
24% have tried marijuana, and 15% had smoked marijuana in the last 30 days
What can you do?
Research shows that youth are receptive to clear, consistent messages from parents and other important adults.
Model positive behavior by not getting behind the wheel while impaired.
Support enforcement efforts related to underage drinking.
Join us online using Google Meet on Dec 9th from 12-1pm! Find out what we're working on and how you or your organization can get involved. See details and registration.
We invite you to join a committee (Programming, Communications/Marketing, Research/Assessment or Membership). Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the committee distribution list of your choice so you will receive invitations to our (typically virtual) meetings.
JANE LASKEY AND GEORGE HEBERT
A special thank you to volunteers Jane and George for going above and beyond in their support of WHEN:DFCC.
Jane's enthusiastic outreach to the community has helped us establish collaborative relationships with area faith and youth-serving organizations.
George's diligent work on our Community Assessment has provided us with a clear picture of Webster's assets and challenges which will be extremely informative as we implement our 2021 projects.
Thank you to both of them, as well as all our dedicated volunteers, for your commitment to the health and well-being of Webster kids!
For many of us the holidays are joyful, but they can also bring additional stress, and for some, even emotional pain. If you are full of holiday cheer, consider sharing the gift of your attention with someone who may be lonely, tired, sad or anxious this holiday season. Imagine if we all reached out to one person each day with a text, a phone call, an email, or note. Strong relationships help to protect against substance use disorders and other destructive coping strategies. Please share your light and love generously this season.