Drink-driving: risks and effects
Drink-driving: How alcohol affects driving?Many of the functions that we depend on to drive safely are affected when we drink alcohol - know them!
- people who have drunk alcohol are usually slower, the reaction time is increased by the influence of alcohol about twice!
- the brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye
- processing information becomes more difficult
- instructions to the body’s muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times
- the eyesight can be deteriorated with even the slightest amount of alcohol. The eye can not adapt quickly enough to distance.
- the insight is closed, seeing the edge of major characters are ignored
- you can also experience blurred and double vision, which affects your ability to see things clearly while you are driving.
And you’re more likely to take potentially dangerous risks because you can act on urges you normally repress. Who drinks alcohol does not notice that he does not see properly and it is therefore even more dangerous.
Sleeping it off?
Researches by road safety found that one in five drivers admit to driving the morning after they drank a lot the night before.
While far fewer people are taking the risk of drink-driving at night, more are getting into their cars in the morning. Many without realising they could still be over the legal limit to drive.
The research suggests people are failing to understand that just because you’ve been to sleep, it doesn’t mean you’re no longer affected by alcohol. It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body.
A sober driver also comes in accident situations, but if the driver is under alcohol, this risk increases incredibly:
- At 0.5 per mill by twice
- At 0.8 per mill by four times and
- At 1.5 per mill by 16 times !!!!
How much can I drink and stay under the limit?
There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. The amount of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered over the driving limit varies from person to person.
It depends on:
- your weight
- your gender (men tend to process alcohol faster than women)
- your metabolism
- the type and amount you’re drinking
- your current stress levels
- whether you’ve eaten recently
- age (younger people tend to process alcohol more slowly)
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive so the only safe advice is to avoid any alcohol if you are driving.
Within 1 hour a healthy liver can proceed every 10 kg of body weight 1 gram of alcohol. With a weight of 50kg it can be 5g, alcohol and 8g alcohol can be cleaned in a body weight of 80 kg within one hour.
To assess this time how fast the alcohol can be processed in your body, you need to know the alcohol content of the beverage.
- 1 dl beer 4g
- 1 dl wine 8g
- 1 dl champagne 8g
- 1 dl vermouth 13 g
- 1/2 dl burnt alcohol (konyak, brandy, whiskey, etc) 16 g
You can’t speed up the process!
There’s a mixture of mechanisms at work when your body processes alcohol, mainly enzymes in your liver doing their job of breaking down alcohol. This process can take longer if your liver is damaged or not working normally. There’s nothing you can do to speed up the rate alcohol leaves your system.
Having a cup of coffee or a cold shower won’t do anything at all to get rid of the alcohol. They may make you feel slightly different, but they haven’t eliminated the alcohol in any way.
Before you sit behind the wheel, think of the risks you take while drink-driving!
We wish you a safe, accident-free driving!
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