Prom is Saturday, April 28 and although it isn’t a good thought there will most likely be a few teens drinking and driving. Deaths caused by drunk driving have reduced by a third over the last ten years but still take more than 10,000 lives a year. The effects of driving drunk can last longer than just prom night. Accidents caused by drinking can last lifetime and can leave you impaired or even worse, dead. Alcohol reduces the function of the brain and slows things down, thus called a depressant. As levels of alcohol rise, negative effects increase. Alcohol is immediately absorbed into the walls of the stomach and small intestine and passes into the bloodstream. Your alcohol levels are measured by the weight of the substance in a volume of blood, called Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC. At .05 BAC, you would experience difficulty steering and reduced muscle control while at .08 you would experience short term memory loss and trouble controlling speed. The crash risk increases greatly at .08, which makes it illegal to drive in all 50 states with any BAC higher. However, if you are under the drinking limit it is illegal to drive with any alcohol in your system. Out of all alcohol-related crashes, one third of them will be fatal. When driving, always remember to be safe rather sorry.