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To be drunk is to have been drinking alcohol to the point that normal daily functioning is inhibited. Some common signs include slurring of speech, poor motor skills such as an inability to walk in a straight line, and a general lack of control over emotions and speech content. Continuous drinking can lead to unconsciousness and even death.

Public drunkenness is a crime in many states.

Waking up the next day from a drunken state can result in a hangover - a bad headache combined with sound sensitivity, upset stomach and tiredness.

Drinking and Driving

Due to the disabilities caused by excessive drinking, laws have been passed requiring that a persons Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) be below a certain percentage. In the United States, drivers with BAC levels higher than the legal limit are charged with either driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) depending on the state. Drunk drivers lead to the deaths of many innocent people each year.

BAC Limits By State/Territory [1]

Alabama .08 Illinois .08 Montana .08 Puerto Rico .08
Alaska .08 Indiana .08 Nebraska .08 Rhode Island .08
Arizona .08 Iowa .08 Nevada .08 South Carolina .08
Arkansas .08 Kansas .08 New Hampshire .08 South Dakota .08
California .08 Kentucky .08 New Jersey .08 Tennessee .08
Colorado .08 Louisiana .08 New Mexico .08 Texas .08
Connecticut .08 Maine .08 New York .08 Utah .08
D.C. .08 Maryland .08 North Carolina .08 Vermont .08
Delaware .08[2] Massachusetts .08[3] North Dakota .08 Virginia .08
Florida .08 Michigan .08 Ohio .08 Washington .08
Georgia .08 Minnesota .08 Oklahoma .08 West Virginia .08
Hawaii .08 Mississippi .08 Oregon .08 Wisconsin .08
Idaho .08 Missouri .08 Pennsylvania .08 Wyoming .08


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