A DWI is a serious charge. DWI is not limited to drinking and driving, although most people associate “driving while intoxicated” with alcohol, it can be any drug or substance that impairs your ability to drive. You may think that alcohol in small enough doses does not impair your ability to drive, but you would be wrong. Learn how alcohol impairs your body.

Legal Limits

There are legal limits for intoxication in most states. For example, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, a BOC (blood alcohol concentration) that is at or above 0.08% is considered intoxicated. You can be charged with a DWI. However, there is a caveat. You do not need to be “legally drunk” to be charged. As soon as alcohol or drugs cause impairment, you can be charged.

Blurred Vision

After two drinks you may experience impaired vision. Things may seem blurry or fuzzy to you. Alcohol can affect your perception, especially your visual perception. Vision problems are not the only sense that is affected by alcohol. Your sense of smell and taste can also be affected.

Concentration, Hearing, and Brain Function

While alcohol can increase your blood pressure, it can dull your reaction time. You may not be able to fully process what people are saying to you. Your hearing depends on coordination between your ears and your brain. Alcohol can interrupt that collaboration.

Loss of Critical Judgement

The combination of blurred vision and the inability to concentrate leads to the loss of the ability to make good choices. Alcohol affects parts of the brain that control speech, movement, memory, and executive thought processes. It does not take a lot of alcohol to affect these regions of the brain. You do not have to be a regular drinker to experience some of the negative effects of alcohol.

In the short term, alcohol can affect the ability to make the right social decisions. Making the wrong decision is very easy even after a few drinks. Inhibitions are often lost when alcohol is involved.

Unfortunately, if you get behind the wheel of a car, you are making a critical mistake that can end up with you getting a DWI charge. If you are facing a driving while intoxicated charge, you need a lawyer. This is not something to fight on your own. Get the support you need today by giving us a call.