Research out of the University of Florida is suggesting that even one glass of wine or one bottle of beer might impair the driving ability of people over age 55. Researchers looked at how one drink affected the driving skills of 72 people. Half of the participants ranged in age from 25 to 36; the other half were between 55 and 70. While a single serving did not put anyone over the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit, it was enough to impair the driving skills of the older drivers. Regardless of your age, if you’re charged with DUI in southern California, arrange at once to speak with an experienced California DUI attorney in Orange County.

“This study suggests that even low alcohol doses, producing alcohol levels below the current legal limit, can compromise some basic driving skills among older adults,” said Alfredo Sklar, a co-author of the study, which was conducted at the Center for Addiction Research and Education at the University of Florida College of Medicine and published in the journal Psychopharmacology.

Consuming less than one drink and then driving in a simulator did not have any impact on the younger drivers, but the older drivers operated their simulated vehicles with less precision, according to the study. Their driving indicates “a greater sensitivity to alcohol among older drinkers,” the study concluded. However, “Our findings do not mean these doses are completely safe for younger drivers,” Sklar told CBS News.

In the big picture, your age does not matter. At any age, it’s really best to avoid drinking and driving entirely. Call a taxi, a limo, or a ride service, or arrange for a designated driver. Staying the night with a friend may not be ideal, but it certainly beats spending the night in a jail, hospital, or morgue. If you are arrested for DUI in spite of your efforts to be safe and prudent, contact an experienced California DUI attorney in Orange County immediately.