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.

Click here for LaMontagne's comments

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.

(Copyright WBGZ / )