01. Drinking alcohol [impairs] one's ability to drive a car safely.
02. My neighbor lost his driver's license after he was stopped by police, and charged with [impaired] driving.
03. My father's hearing was [impaired] by the noise of working on naval ships all his life.
04. My brother can't get a driver's license because of his visual [impairment].
05. The old woman's ability to move about has been seriously [impaired] by arthritis.
06. His ability to make a fair judgment is [impaired] by his close personal relationship with the defendant.
07. Italian philosopher Leon Battisti Alberti described beauty as the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without [impairing] the harmony of the whole.
08. There is a Latin proverb which states that many promises [impair] confidence.
09. The Supreme Court stated that society's myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual [impairment].
10. Continued use of antibiotics can result in an [impaired] immunity to disease.
11. Recent research has shown that certain hormones which are present in plastics, and which come in contact with food, can actually [impair] sperm production in men who eat such food.
12. Rock star Pete Townsend's hearing has been seriously [impaired] by the loud music he plays at his concerts.
13. A driver who is [impaired] by drugs or alcohol is one of the worst driving hazards.
14. Even a mild illness like a cold or the flu can [impair] one's alertness.
15. In our province, 30 percent of all traffic deaths involve [impaired] driving.
16. A camel can lose up to a quarter of its body weight without [impairing] its normal functions.
17. Recent research has shown that many nights of little sleep, fewer than six hours a night, can [impair] mental performance as much as not sleeping for two nights in a row.
18. Psychologists will diagnose an anxiety disorder when levels of worry become so extreme that the person's behavior is [impaired].
19. All babies show virtually the same facial expressions, including those born blind or even hearing [impaired] and blind.
20. Korea's education system includes twelve schools for students with visual [impairments].

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