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Alcohol and Motor Skills

When an individual consumes a significant amount of alcohol, his or her body may experience a variety of physical side effects. Although each person reacts differently to this substance, there are some signs of intoxication that are considered standard. Understanding the ways that alcohol may affect the body is important in avoiding alcohol-related charges and ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones.

If you or someone you love has been accused of driving while intoxicated, it is important that you seek the counsel of an experienced legal representative. The Raleigh DWI defense lawyers at the Law Office of Jim Black are prepared to help individuals facing these charges. Contact us today at 919-600-4609 to speak to a member of our qualified legal team about your rights to a strong defense.

How Alcohol Affects Motor Function

Some of the common ways that alcohol can affect your motor function include:

  • Vision- The consumer’s eyesight may become blurred, or they can experience a double vision phenomenon. If this occurs, it can lead to a misperception of distance or motion that can affect the way they drive, such as swerving.
  • Reaction Time- People that are intoxicated are much slower to react to unusual conditions and unexpected actions of others than sober drivers.
  • Balance and Coordination- Intoxicated individuals are often unable to utilize their motor skill s correctly and may lose the ability to grip a steering wheel or steer without swerving.

After you consume alcohol, it is important to pay attention to your motor skills to determine if you are unable to drive. Frustratingly, though, you can still be charged with driving under the influence even if you are not exhibiting the signs of intoxication.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been charged with a DWI, do not hesitate to call the experienced Raleigh DWI defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jim Black at 919-600-4609. We can help you through this challenging process and ensure you do not suffer from unnecessary repercussions from this accusation.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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