Although driving under the influence of alcohol kills nearly 10,000 people in the United States annually, long-term heavy alcohol use can cause serious health conditions. Each year, in Illinois about 300 deaths are due to alcohol-related accidents. Hillary LaMontagne, licensed clinical professional counselor and a substance abuse counselor at SIU School of Medicine, explains the blood alcohol level at which drivers are considered intoxicated.
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There are serious legal and medical consequences to consuming alcohol and for driving under the influence. The most serious legal charges can carry a substantial fine. If the driver hurts another person, they can be sentenced to jail or even lose their license.