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Senior Drinking Limit

A new study by the University of Florida found that drivers over the age of 55 are more likely to be impaired after drinking one alcoholic beverage.

If you walked into the 50 Plus Zone for the first time on the second floor of the Wichita Falls library on Friday, you may have thought you were walking into a bar, but there's no smoking or drinking allowed there.

However, that doesn't mean the seniors who go there to hang out each and every week do not.

Carolyn High, a 50 Plus Zone said doesn’t drink hard liquor, but does drink red wine often because it’s good for her health, "I have a glass of wine pretty much every night. A large glass of wine. I never grab my keys and drive afterwards.”

High said she's been drinking for a while but says her body reacts differently to alcoholic beverages. 

"There were times when my husband and I went out and I had a glass and a half, but I noticed that's all I can have because it made me start feeling a little different," said High.

High said while she knows her limit others her age think that they are invincible, continuing to drink and drive under the influence. 

"He says, I have it under control. I know what I am doing. Just not true," said High.

Kathy Voigt, a  50 Plus member said she is a living example of why people her age should not try to drink and then drive.

"I drink two beers. I went a half of the block, turned the corner, went another half of the block and I hit an oak tree right around the corner from my house and I decided I could not handle it. So I didn't get in and drink and drive after that," said Voigt.  

Voigt said her drinking incident was a wake up call to lay down the bottle and Zeke Garcia, also a 50 Plus Zone Member agrees, because stopped drinking.

“Didn't realize what it was doing with my life. It was just destroying my thinking, my health and everything," said Garcia.

The Wichita Falls Police Department said from March 2013 to 2014, officers have arrested over 100 people for Driving While Intoxicated offenses.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6

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