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A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, chaired by FSPH adjunct professor Steven Teutsch recommended lowering the blood-alcohol concentration from 0.08 to 0.05.
"Impairment begins at levels far below .05. It's difficult for people to detect what their level of impairment is and to realize that they're driving while impared," said Dr. Teutsch. One third of all traffic deaths are connected to alcohol.
The report also urges changes to how liquor is bought and how much it costs. Researchers say that higher taxes could reduce number of fatal crashes.