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What factors can impact your blood alcohol content (BAC)?

We've all seen the charts that show how many drinks a person of a specific gender and weight needs to consume to reach various blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. Those charts are approximations at best. However, too many people use them to determine when they've had enough.

Even newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose self-professed fondness for beer became a focus of his recent Senate confirmation hearing, seemed to place his faith in them. When asked "What do you consider too many beers?" at one point, he answered, "You know -- whatever the chart says."

Don’t let a DUI ruin your Thanksgiving holiday

Now that Halloween has passed, many Americans are starting to plan their Thanksgiving celebrations. The holiday is one of the most popular in the country, and for good reason. It is a time when families can come together to give thanks, spend time together and enjoy a feast.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also a time for increased DUIs in Maryland. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day itself have above-average rats of drinking and driving.

The 'deadliest holiday on our roads' is just around the corner

If your Thanksgiving Day plans include a couple of glasses of wine, some spiked egg nog or a few beers at a family member or friend's home, make a plan to get home that doesn't involve driving. The same is true if you're going out after work on "Thanksgiving Eve."

In fact, the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year for bars. Many people get off work early, so they head to the local watering hole before going home. This is also a good time to catch up with friends who've come back into town. Some people stay late because they are postponing going home to help with the preparation for the next day. Whatever the reason, the bars and restaurants fill up on Thanksgiving Eve, and many people have more to drink than they intended.

Understanding the exceptions to Maryland's underage drinking laws

As we near the end-of-year holidays, many parents let their teens have a glass of wine during a holiday dinner or party.

While alcohol consumption is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age in Maryland, there are exceptions. Parents should understand under what circumstances their kids can legally drink. Most importantly, if parents are going to serve alcohol in their home, they need to ensure the safety of their children and any other young people involved.?

Maryland man charged with fourth DUI after Delaware crash

A Maryland man is facing his fourth DUI after he was involved in a crash recently in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. State troopers say that the man, who lives in Easton, rear-ended a vehicle, which in turn struck another vehicle.

The 56-year-old man was also charged with vehicular assault. A 21-year-old woman in the back seat of the Toyota Rav 4 that the man rear-ended was taken to the hospital and later released. No one else reported any injuries, according to Delaware State Police.

How do disabilities factor in to field sobriety tests?

Many of the standard field sobriety tests that police officers administer when they pull someone over for suspected drunk driving require some level of balance, coordination and physical agility. They involve activities including standing on one leg, and walking and turning, that can be difficult if someone is under the influence. However, they can be impossible for people with a multitude of disabilities as well as physical limitations caused by age or weight.

Even a person's performance on the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test, which measures eye movements as a person follows an officer's finger or light, can be impacted by certain disabilities, medical conditions or medications.

Baltimore officer acquitted of DUI charge amid bias accusations

A veteran Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officer is likely breathing a sigh of relief after being acquitted of the final charge of driving under the influence (DUI) pending against him. Two other charges stemming from the same incident were already dropped.

The sergeant was arrested in July after allegedly hitting several parked vehicles with his unmarked police vehicle in Northeast Baltimore as he was reportedly driving to work. No one was in the vehicles.

Don’t get in trouble the busiest bar night of the year

While many people think New Year’s Eve is the busiest bar night of the year, there is one unofficial holiday that takes the prize: Thanksgiving Eve. The day before Thanksgiving, sometimes called Blackout Wednesday, sees a significant rise in bar and restaurant traffic.

Why is this bar holiday so popular? Many college students come home for the Thanksgiving holiday and spend the night catching up with high school friends, and adult out-of-towners tend to fly home the day before Thanksgiving to maximize time with family. Many of their hosts would rather not make a meal the night before the holiday feast, so going out is easier.

Is there still a culture of drinking at elite Maryland schools?

Much of the media attention surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings after he was nominated to be the newest Supreme Court justice centered around his high school years at the prestigious Georgetown Preparatory School, known more commonly as Georgetown Prep, in Bethesda.

The atmosphere of heavy drinking and partying portrayed throughout the coverage of Kavanaugh's years at Georgetown Prep did, indeed, exist in the 1980s according to a letter written jointly by the headmasters of seven schools in the area to parents and reported on by The Washington Post in 1990.

Don't become a Halloween drunk driving statistic

Halloween isn't just for kids. Halloween night and the weekends before and after the holiday are big party nights for adults. That can involve a lot of drinking. Despite the ease of calling an Uber, Lyft or another safe ride alternative, too many people still get behind the wheel when they leave a party -- many times with tragic results.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 45 percent of people killed in Halloween night crashes in 2011 through 2015 were the victims of drunk drivers. This includes crashes between 6:00 p.m. Halloween night and 6:00 a.m. the following morning.