driving under the influence


#1

Hello all! Thank you for taking the time to look over my question. God Bless.

Is it a mortal sin to have a few drinks (i.e. beer) and then drive even though the person does not feel under the influence of alcohol?

Another question: Is one drink sufficient for someone to be considered under the influence when driving and is it a mortal sin?

I am very confused on what exactly “driving under the influence” means in view of the Church’s teaching and what degree of culpability there is for the person that drives.

Thanks
Matt


#2

When the influence of the alcohol is sufficient that your driving is a danger to yourself or others you shouldn’t drive. You may not “feel” under the influence but your judgment may be impaired. So is it a mortal sin to drive? The catechism states, “Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others’ safety…” (CCC 2290)


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