UNDERSTANDING HOW ALCOHOL AFFECTS OLDER TENNESSEANS

Drunk drivers are not only a threat to themselves, but they also pose a risk to everyone else on the road. Our attorneys at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates know how important it is that people understand the danger of drunk driving – especially older people who may be more susceptible to the effects of alcohol.

If you are an older adult, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services points out that you might feel the effects of alcohol quicker than you used to. This is due to several reasons, such as the following:

  • As your body ages, it loses its ability to effectively metabolize alcohol.
  • Your body’s tolerance wanes as you get older.
  • There is less water in older bodies, which can elevate your blood alcohol concentration.

Researchers at the University of Florida conducted a study recently that revealed that for people ages 55 to 70, alcohol can have adverse effects after even just one drink. The study evaluated two groups of people, one from a younger age group and one from the older age group. Older participants who had a legal blood alcohol concentration still performed poorly on a driving test, indicating that just one drink can cause problems for someone getting behind the wheel.

If you have been in an accident with a drunk driver, you do have legal recourse. Tennessee permits victims to file a claim against the driver and possibly even the vendor that sold the driver alcohol, depending on the situation. Our attorneys at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates are well-versed in the law and can help clients determine whom should be held liable following an accident.

For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding DUI accidents.

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