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Tommy, should the legal BAC limit be lowered to .05?

Mar 24, 2017|

Tommy talks to Dr. James Diaz. Professor of Public Health at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, about blood alcohol content and how our bodies metabolize alcohol.

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We turn our attention now is something very serious and another tally on a bra cause yesterday but it was not an overboard Wednesday. Gruesome accident now Sperry the deet tails it. The person that caused it initially refused to submit for a rest test. But later agreed. And according to authorities diversion she failed miserably registering a one out all content. Zero point 21. Well above the legal limit of zero point 08. This woman also. Has. Had heads rather to drunken driving arrest in the past nine months. And her name is a Libya met and she's when he six years old and she's been booked with vehicular homicide doctor Jim Diaz joins us right now. Professor of public health at LSU health new all in school of public L morning senator. Doggett thanks taking time with a Sony know where we wanna start with this. You talk. Pass a state law where they dropped the legal limit from point 08 point 05. And the National Transportation Safety Board says. That's what they would like to see. As well as the nationwide policy. When it comes to the body and metabolize seeing alcohol. Is percentage of alcohol blood contents. I'd effective. The way of measuring intoxication for everybody. Or not. What. Everybody it's an effective measure and it is very accurate measure because he has converted. From the script. Two milligram per hundred mail program productively. Than it is very accurate but what you apply to people. That's the issue. The humans that women for example. Metabolize alcohol. Slower than men do which is why. The bartenders all over happy hours for the ladies. All of them and that certain ethnicity. Also. Metabolize alcohol to a smaller extent. Then for example caucasians. Do. Called date Americans metabolize alcohol very slowly and a kind of alcoholic. Tell me explain to me and keep in mind doctor Imus solid d.s student when it comes signs that. When it in terms of Mattel analyzing alcohol wide that would make. A slower rate of metabolize thing it does the is there are causes of factor that makes you more likely. To be addicted to it. Yeah that's true you'll also air war. Says that it affects and in coordination affects. A humorous slow metabolism. The most important thing in terms of metabolize alcohol. He has to realize that time is of the yes and so the more time to help. To metabolize alcohol where you get into a vehicle to prepare. All of so time and metabolic rate is very important and metabolic rate might be different. Between the genders for example as we discussed and among different ethnicities. As we got. And people or alcoholics. Are basically grind they're primary liver and they can metabolize. Alcohol very rapidly. So they tend to drink more and they can metabolize alcohol like it. What does that do the metabolism of alcohol as it relates to driving skills reaction time etc. Well that's that a very important question because. At that point 05. Which if you look at that point. Op you don't like that looked replaces. Fifty mile and our best leader you can so impairment and in coordination. Our end and that it is here's now at point 08 which is Louisiana's. Legal limit for intoxication. You you have much more serious. In coordination. And problems with all of vision and in balance. And that one of the reasons why that level and always has been selected. Com. Let me take a break here we come back we'll pick it up and if you have any questions or comments we'd love to hear from year to six 187. We will also continue our conversation about what's going on in Washington DC. With the vote and healthcare bill etc. but. I think the question we have for you now is do you think we take. Impaired driving seriously here in new wall Unser in Louisiana I don't think we do it all collected Jim Diaz is our guest. Professor of public health and LHU health new wall in school. A public health and Tommy Tucker will be back in a slash on WW and woman yes it allegedly causes fatal accident was drive and impaired. Some blood alcohol level zero point 1860. Point. Is no. Doctor help me out point zero wade is legal limit ranked. Point 08 is being the legal limit. On the stand to win we convert that. We moved into place so it issues you know rose zero or any debt that the legal limit I've heard of her blood alcohol was in the court. Zero point 23 range. Religions. Very impaired. And and somebody texted in and look we're not trying to tell anybody how to. Did to get away with drunk or impaired driving I think what I'm trying to do your doctors. Let people or make them aware of the fact before they get behind the wheel on somebody else winds up dead dead impaired driving or or. As they say buzzed driving is impaired driving. And it when it comes to reflexes and reactions a lot of people. Tend to think that they are in control in the yard. Right and because of that very confusing sort of quick calculations. You're looking at have a beer. To glance line and then getting shot and then mixing those things up. So if you don't want your best twelve ounces. And that result no blood alcohol level of point zero. If you don't want black line that I bounces and bad also Mosul. In the blood alcohol content of point 04. But it one shot one here on. Of any kind of distilled spirit risky it give you whatever you want shot as starting ML. Are you end up and points or two point as you happen. Blood alcohol level was one beer in one shot is going to happen. And you're arrested in Utah. It has amazed me when we've had this discussion before how. Tolerant the audience some audience members can beat. Of impaired driving in and I'm not dead and I'll admit I did it before and I shouldn't a done and I think it's my mother's prayers academy say. But. Did there's really no excuse for it is not like something where you have an art attack and it overcomes you while you're driving is a conscious decision. That you may get as far as the metabolism questioner. Anderson Tex come sentences Tommy's a metabolism and ethnicity. Is slash sex issue or gender issues as same with drugs like. Prescription drugs painkillers or marijuana. Yes it can be. Well with alcohol for example a Whitman's camp this thing. Quantity. Of the Pope attic or liver enzymes. To. Metabolize alcohol as rapidly as man. Now people who work every directors. Essentially run the problem. And that there Lipper. Some rate regulated and it can metabolize alcohol. Very rapidly twice as rapidly as somebody who is not a hypocrite. Eichel myriad attacks Ian is what I'm talking about man and you know whoever Tex is this and I appreciate your listening. This is Tommy in no way am I trying to shift the blame from this horrible accident but I have to wonder if they said. What are speed was of the time in what was the speed of the other vehicles sometimes see people driving fifty miles an hour and text there was elder respect and exactly what you're trying to do you're trying to make it seem as though because this woman was rocked. Com the other drive the world wasn't driving fast enough for and in some way they're culpable and I just. Again no patience for that at all doctor I get a text here and says DB is when it comes to eating. To avoid being intoxicated. Is a party road seen our car observe Earl Woods as a make a difference. Doesn't make a difference. Alcoholism there rapidly absorbed from the storm as accurately and beat them. The airport when you load in the public. It actually slows them absorption. And it'll metabolism. To take place at a slow rate so you'll terrible blow out well so drinking on and at least compete Saturday. Let me go to phone lines if you don't mind Henry on the North Shore good morning your and other WL. Well they're called but they are just. Curious about. Like a specific. I'll. Let's face it to help out by. Yeah per hour at. Stake. For Al all the way. Up a car. How. Do you know. I. Option who are all on a. And Henry let me jump in jump in here for a second I would asked doctor also what do Penry were 510. And a 150 or 510 and 125 would say yards to ten hand ring. Yeah yeah on assailant saying doctors as far as body weight whereas that's factored noses. Doubtless it looked at every block it is it is bit. Are accustomed to drinking alcohol as compared to say. In danger or somebody who just turned clinical. So that war he has leopard is to metabolize alcohol. At ignore or even higher than normal rate and we know exactly. What that rate in society that went over gasoline per hour so we actually. And calculate. You know what is blood alcohol level is going to be dealt when he as a big Eagles. That big meal was slow walk in at all well wartime. Metabolism which is even better so the the protective. If you can say is protective. Is that factored in here today morning some Mayo he has higher levels of important enzymes metabolize alcohol. Then emails and others for example. True he has been exposed alcohol for many years so it's livers accustomed to metabolize it. Hillary is very large size you know lower liver and board he just completely. Don't take it personally handling. It's it's a medical diagnosis is not not not. A comment on under attractiveness and. Earlier. Yeah. I think it. Out. Well out. Our. Goal. I wrote. It back in. A 000. Oh. Well Henry let's be honest to and dock him I would get your opinion on this in terms of being serious in this country. You could sit outside of any barter a new one and pull people will world they could sit outside of any sporting event. And as people left and now we say people aren't lining up at the third quarter the end of the third quarter. At the saints games because the pretzels are making them thirsty they're trying to load up on as much bruises they possibly can't seductive and in terms of public health issue. So I'm not in comparison with what Europeans. Have done and and it brings up a good point. The Europeans have actually done. Very good scientific studies. Where they kick volunteers and put it on abstract. You know at Mercedes BMW. And bay would actually give them. Alcohol and then it will monitor. There are rising. All levels of impairment I mean they have sensors on the vehicles. You know they have symptoms on the accelerator. And European countries have lowered. Are there legal limit of intoxication. Below. Point 08. I got to ask you we got a CBS and I got to ask you real quick yes and no point 08. And you drive safely at point oh waiters that impaired. Generally welcome. I think it'll generally speaking. If some degree program it will be in and I thank to.