St. Charles, MO- Americans love their alcohol and a large swath also like their pot and many like to combine the two. That’s all well and good if they don’t plan on driving, but a new study shows that combining the two will make you more prone to drink or drive as opposed to just sticking with alcohol.

The study, conducted by the Alcohol Research Group, analyzed data from national drug surveys conducted in the U.S. between 2005 and 2010 and involved nearly 9,000 respondents U.S. News reported.

Researchers for the study compared three groups: those how used alcohol exclusively, those who used both pot and alcohol but separately, and those who used both substances together. They found that most, 89 percent, used alcohol alone with 11 percent using pot, according to U.S. News.

From survey participants, researchers gleaned that simultaneous users were more than twice as likely to drive intoxicated than those who used alcohol exclusively.

NORML an advocacy group that advocates for broad legalization of marijuana was quick to respond to the study.

“NORML has been publicly expressing this caution for years,” said Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML. “Research indicates that the combined use of both substances often possesses an additive adverse effect on driving performance and accident risk.”

Marijuana studies have become more common as more and more states move towards full legalization of the drug, which is the most widely used illicit substance in the U.S. Currently, recreational marijuana is only legal in four states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, but studies have shown that the majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal.

So, the lesson to be taken from this study is Do Not combine pot and alcohol. Maybe people should just stick with marijuana since a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that smoking pot does not actually increase a person’s risk of causing a traffic accident. The same cannot be said of alcohol which significantly increases a person’s risk of being involved in traffic accident. Alcohol also significantly increases a motorist’s risk of being charged with a DUI since it can severely affect a person’s motor and decision making skills.

At USAttorneys we don’t condone driving under the influence of any substance, but if do make this big mistake we can connect you with an qualified Missouri DUI attorney to work on your defense and give you a fighting chance of avoiding a DUI conviction.

With a DUI conviction, you risk going to jail, losing your driver’s license and shelling out thousands of dollars in fees and penalties. That is just the tip of the iceberg. The effects of a DUI conviction are far-reaching which is why you need to get legal help immediately.  A St. Charles DUI attorney will get to work on your case immediately. An attorney is your best chance of minimizing the consequences of a DUI charge.