18 Dec Driving and the Alcohol
The consumption of alcohol and driving are two things that do not ever mix. Driving under the influence of alcohol is both reckless and dangerous. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious crime and with good reason. If you have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more, it is not safe for you to be behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Studies have found that those who partake in binge drinking are more likely to drive while intoxicated than those who do not binge drink. Binge drinking is when a person consumes 5 or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting. Doing this can lead to dangerous levels of intoxication, and can lead to poor choices in decision making, such as getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
Alcohol Reduces Cognitive Function
The way in which alcohol reduces brain function is what makes drunk driving so dangerous. Alcohol reduces the response and reaction time of the driver. Alcohol also impairs vision, and things can often seem blurry while trying to see while under the influence of alcohol. Those who are drunk are also less likely to pay attention to their surroundings than those who have not been drinking alcohol.
Drunk Drivers Suffer From
- Reduced reaction time
- A decrease in coordination
- Inability to concentrate due to reduced attention span
- Problems with vision due to reduced eye function
- Inability to judge proper speeds
Some Risk Factors to Consider
Young drivers are at a higher risk of becoming directly involved in an alcohol-related crash. Those who are between the ages of 16 and 20 years old have the highest risk of causing an alcohol-related fatality. This population of drivers is ten times more likely than other demographics to experience alcohol-related driving issues. Those between the ages of 21 and 24 are the second most likely group to experience accidents, crashes, and deaths that are directly related to drinking and driving.
It Doesn’t Take Much to Impair Your Driving Ability
The legal limit is a blood alcohol content of 0.08. However, many people reach a state of impairment before their blood alcohol levels rise to this level. Those who have a blood alcohol content of just 0.02 can experience things such as reduced judgment, relaxation of the muscles, and mood swings. All of which are dangerous to be dealing with while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once a person reaches a blood alcohol content of 0.05 they are at risk of developing symptoms such as a lack of coordination, reduced muscle function, and a decreased level of alertness. With that being said, you may think that you’re fine to drive if you’ve only had one or two drinks, but you should really reconsider. Often times people who have consumed alcohol are unaware of the extent to which they are being affected. Many people drive when they should not which leads to accidents and deaths that could easily be avoided by taking the proper precautions.