Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the biggest mistakes you can ever make. It puts your life, and the lives of others, at risk.
However, there are people who risk making
this mistake because of a reckless attitude, their own perceptions or lack of
knowledge concerning the implications of driving while intoxicated.
For example, it is common to hear a driver
say, “I just had a couple of drinks.” Sadly it is those “couple of drinks” that
resulted in over 9,967 deaths in 2014.
Alcohol is a drug that disrupts the
functioning of the brain.
When consumed, alcohol is quickly absorbed
into the body and enters the bloodstream. Initially, when a person starts
drinking, they feel self-confident, relaxed and even sociable. However, the
drink causes slowed reflexes, impairs thinking and decreases ability to
control motor response.
Considering that you need your motor
skills and brain to drive safely, driving while drunk inhibits your alertness
and increases your risk of getting into an accident.
Drinking will reduce your reaction time as
alcohol decreases your ability to promptly respond to a situation. Alcohol
disrupts your vision as it slows eye muscle movement as well as visual
perception leading to blurred vision. When you drive at night while drunk,
there is a high risk that your night vision and colour perception has been
The Morning After
The length of time that alcohol stays in
the body is much misunderstood and will obviously depend on how much a person
drinks. If you have ever experienced a time when you had more than your “fair
share” of alcohol, then you may recall a “buzz” feeling in the brain that
This is because at a certain point, the
blood and tissues begin storing the excessive alcohol that has not been
metabolized. If this occurs frequently, then brain and tissue damage are likely
Alcohol requires little digestion and is
easily absorbed in the body. Once in the stomach, 20% of the drink goes to the
blood vessels whereas the remaining 80% goes to the small intestines and later
ends up in other blood vessels.
Once it enters the blood stream, the
alcohol travels to the liver where it is metabolised.
Experts state that alcohol metabolises at
the same rate for everybody, regardless of age, sex or gender. On average, this
metabolism takes one hour for every ounce of alcohol. For most people, one
ounce of alcohol results in .015 blood-alcohol concentration.
In real terms – someone who has had a
bottle of wine over the course of an evening will retain alcohol in their
bloodstream for a good 12 hours.
This means that there is a high likelihood
that you are over the limit and at risk by driving at any stage during the morning
after even if your drinking finished at midnight.
Is it worth putting your career, life and
the lives of others at risk? Call a cab.
And remember, Mayfair cares.