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Tips To Avoid Drinking And Driving

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Almost everyone knows the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, even with this awareness, many still get behind the wheel drunk, which can result in tragedy for them and other drivers. 

“As many as 29 people die daily in alcohol-related auto crashes in America,” cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that these traffic fatalities are avoidable if all drivers choose to drink responsibly.

What Constitutes DUI?

Besides the chances of an accident, drunk driving can get you in trouble with the law. All states have laws that make driving while impaired illegal, with most having a limit of between 0.05 to 0.08 BAC. David Lish at Grand Canyon Law Group states, “Driving under the influence puts everybody at risk. However, a Dui also comes with years of legal repercussions and thousands of dollars.” 

The laws are even more stringent for drivers below the age of 21, with an alcohol level of 0.01 being enough to get you in trouble. Upon a conviction with DUI, a person risks having their license suspended or even time in prison.

Take A Cab or Have a Designated Driver

There are some things you can do to avoid drinking and driving. For example, you may want to avoid drinking alone and taking your car with you. Even when you may not be planning to drive after drinking, a few drinks can cloud your judgment, and you may end up taking the wheel. If you must drink alone, leave your car at home or the office and take a taxi to and from your drinking spot. 

Going out for drinks with friends or colleagues on a weekend night can be a lot of fun. When planning for that night out, always make sure that one or a number of your friends are the designated drivers, which means no alcohol for them. 

If no one is willing to be the designated driver, make it a rule always to leave the vehicles behind and instead use taxis. While a taxi may seem like an expensive option, it is nothing compared to a DUI charge or getting involved in an accident.

Be The Responsible One

The first rule in drinking is drinking responsibly. Responsible drinking means being in control of when and where to have drinks and making plans on how to get home. Don’t feel pressured to take drinks outside of your plans. Doing so may get you into the temptation of driving home after the drinks. 

Whatever happens, never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. While you may not get in trouble with the police if they get pulled over, it is utterly irresponsible. Even when you may not get caught by police, you may end up dead, injured, or even worse, the same happening to someone else who had nothing to do with your irresponsible conduct.

If you are old enough to drink alcohol, you should be wise enough to make informed decisions.. For every drunk driver-related accident, the drivers believed they could perfectly control their vehicles when they left their drinking spot. But the truth is they could not, and they did not. 

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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The Role of Medicine in Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Body Mass

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The CDC’s latest numbers classify approximately 42 percent of Americans as obese, and over two-thirds of American adults qualify as either obese or overweight. Living with excess weight heightens people’s risk for debilitating and chronic but otherwise preventable conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

With new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy on the rise, many are wondering if these medications live up to their hype and can even help end the obesity epidemic. Sergio Padron, founder and CEO of online healthcare and weight-loss support company MD Exam, believes they can — up to a point.

“It’s important to approach these medications with a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do,” Padron says. “Magic pills for weight loss don’t exist.”

The importance of achieving a healthy body mass

According to Padron, achieving and sustaining a healthy body mass is key to good health. To obtain your body mass index (BMI), online calculators like this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ask for your height and weight, run them through the standard formula, and generate your score. The last step is to find this number in the standardized ranges considered underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

“Many healthcare professionals use the body mass index (BMI) for a quick approximation of most people’s health,” he explains. “All you need is the patient’s weight and height, and you can calculate this number.”

There are exceptions, however. “In particular, bodybuilders and other athletes can generate results that make it seem like they aren’t healthy, when in fact they’re in excellent condition,” Padron explains. “That’s because BMI doesn’t consider muscle mass, and muscle is more dense than fat. In addition, BMI doesn’t account for visceral fat being more dangerous than fat deposits elsewhere in the body.”

That’s why Padron cautions people not to make snap judgments based on BMI alone and to seek a more comprehensive view from healthcare professionals. “Factors like body composition, blood markers, and lifestyle need to be considered,” he explains, “which is one of the many reasons why we only offer individualized care at MD Exam.”

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese categories, then it’s time to make a change. “Unfortunately, excess body weight means you could be developing major health problems that you otherwise wouldn’t,” Padron says. “Being overweight has also been associated with depression. In my experience, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and even lead to the development of eating disorders.”

Luckily, groundbreaking new drugs have become available to help people recover their quality of life.

How Ozempic and Wegovy can help

According to Padron, pharmaceutical solutions like Ozempic and Wegovy can help most people achieve and sustain a healthy body mass. These medications reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, thereby enabling people to regulate their consumption better.

“One of the most important things our patients report is that they’re no longer tormented by cravings,” Padron says. “They find it easier to avoid overeating in the first place.”

In addition, Ozempic and Wegovy have been shown to decrease visceral fat — the dangerous kind of fat deposits. “The idea is to optimize health and well-being, not just lose weight,” Padron says. “We want to make sure you lose the right pounds. When you lose visceral fat and keep muscle, you are heading in the right direction and your body composition improves.”

In some rare cases, however, Ozempic and Wegovy aren’t effective. “Luckily, other interventions can be effective in those cases, such as Tirzepatide or classic weight-loss drugs,” Padron says.

Yet Padron emphasizes that weight-loss drugs alone are insufficient to achieve and sustain a healthy body mass.

Personalized, comprehensive support

“Just taking a pill won’t make pounds disappear,” Padron says. “To lose weight, it’s necessary to get real about your lifestyle and actually change your habits. If you haven’t been exercising, for instance, then it’s time to start getting up a little earlier and going for a morning walk. If you haven’t been eating well, then it’s time to stop buying soda and junk food.”

Easier said than done? “We know it’s hard,” Padron says. “That’s why our program takes support seriously. Our medical staff works with patients one-on-one to develop treatment plans that will work for them. We also provide coaching and connect patients to each other for mutual support and accountability. MD Exam is a community. People make friends for life on our platform.”

Lose weight, feel great

Obtaining a healthy body mass often leads to increased energy levels, improved mobility, and reduced joint pain. It can also help control chronic conditions like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as forestall the development of preventable diseases. If that isn’t already enough, it can also boost patients’ self-confidence and mental health.

“Our patients experience an incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment,” Padron says. “Losing weight can be truly transformative. I can’t tell you how many people have told me their whole outlook on life has become more positive.”

For Padron, helping people lose weight is its own reward. “I love watching people shed their depression and come back to life,” he says. “This is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”

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