One drink could be one too many

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Darryl Allen
  • 86th Security Forces Squadron
The 86th Security Forces would like to remind the KMC about the dangers of Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated and Alcohol Related Incidents.

DUI/DWI incidents have steadily increased throughout the KMC area. There has been a 45 percent increase in these incidents over the past two years. Many vehicle operators have a false sense of security when they consume one drink and attempt to operate a vehicle.

The perception is one drink cannot impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle. This is absolutely incorrect as one drink impairs your ability to safely operate a vehicle. Believe it or not, impairment typically starts at levels of .02, which, in some cases can be one beer.
Here in Germany the alcohol percentage levels are considerably higher than those in the average American beer. Also, another thing to keep in mind is the legal age to consume alcohol in Germany is 18.

Alcohol Related Incidents commonly referred to as ARIs are on the rise. When one consumes alcohol and becomes involved in any incident, for example, damage to government or personal property or a physical assault (minor/aggravated) they can be punished IAW military and civilian laws. Some of the military consequences a violator face are an Article 15 Non-Judicial Punishment, dishonorable discharge, loss of rank and pay, loss of security clearance, fines, imprisonment and ultimately losing your career.

Civilians who are convicted of DUI/ARI's can be terminated from their employment, their driving privileges, and be possibly sent back to the United States based on the severity of the incident.

So do yourself, your family and your military or civilian career a favor and don't drink and drive. Many people believe if they eat food and drink water or coffee, they will sober up. Once consumed, alcohol has to run its course. Meaning, it takes approximately 1 hour to oxidize one ounce of alcohol. Alcohol makes its way through the body, through the liver and is then excreted through urine and sweat.

So, no matter what you do to "kill the buzz," time is the only cure for being under the influence of alcohol. Over the limit = under the influence.

Below are some tips and facts to ensure you make it home safely after a night of consuming alcohol:

1. Have a plan. Not only having a plan shows you are being responsible, but ensure you stick to the plan.

2. If you plan to drink, ensure you have a designated driver and never travel alone.

3. Ensure you have a copy of your most recent unit recall roster or pre-program the phone number in your cell phone (i.e. Commander, First Sergeant or supervisor)

4. Utilize KMC Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving (0631-53-2233; from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays)

So, take control of your life and before you think about drinking and driving, take time and think of the ramifications of your actions and how it can not only change your life, but others around you.