Please Drink Responsibly

Please Drink Responsibly

By

Lana Bandak

 

Drinking and driving are two different things that shouldn’t be done together. It is dangerous and most of us don’t even consider thinking of it or act to prevent it.

When people are drinking and driving they are at a risk of losing control, they experience loss of judgment, and they become slow to perform more than one task at a time. They may even do or say things they don’t really mean.

Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration or BAC of a little as 0.08  are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and the more they drink the more they are exposing their lives and others to a deadly end.

While drinking and driving it’s easy for you to think that you are driving like a normal human being but the truth is you’re not, you can’t control your driving or your car.

Reaching home safely is something everyone needs to think about and consider, protect yourself and protect others on the road by taking drinking in a responsible way.

Here is a list of growing impairment related to BAC from www.intheknowzone.com:

Growing Impairment

BAC .02

Drinkers begin to feel moderate effects.

BAC .04

Most people begin to feel relaxed, mildly euphoric, sociable, and talkative.

BAC .05

Judgment, attention, and control are somewhat impaired. Ability to drive safely begins to be limited. Sensory-motor and finer performance are impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities (for example, about driving.)

BAC .08

This is legal level for intoxication in some states. There is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills.

BAC .10

This is legally drunk in most states. There is a clear deterioration of reaction time and control.

BAC .12-.15

Vomiting usually occurs, unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance to alcohol. Drinkers are drowsy.

Drinkers display emotional instability, loss of critical judgment, impairment of perception, memory, and comprehension.

Lack of sensor-motor coordination and impaired balance are typical. Decreased sensory responses and increased reaction times develop. The vision is significantly impaired, including limited ability to see detail, peripheral vision, and slower glare recovery.

BAC .15

This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.

BAC .18-.25

Drinkers are disoriented, confused, dizzy, and have exaggerated emotional states. Vision is disturbed, as is perception of color, form, motion, and dimensions.

Drinkers have increased pain threshold and lack of muscular coordination. Drinkers stagger or lose the ability to walk and have slurred speech. Apathy and lethargy are typical.

BAC .25-.30

Drinkers display general inertia, near total loss of motor functions, little response to stimuli, inability to stand or walk, vomiting, and incontinence. Drinkers may lose consciousness or fall into a stupor.

BAC .30-.50

Symptoms are complete unconsciousness, depressed or absent reflexes, subnormal body temperature, incontinence, and impairment of circulation and respiration.

Death may occur at .37% or higher. BACs of .45% and higher are fatal to nearly all individuals.

To have a good time and protect yourself at the same time you need to do the following:

-          Always designate a driver

-          Enjoy few drinks instead of a bottle

-          Eat while drinking

-          Don’t mix different kinds of Alcohol

-          Drink one cup of water for each drink or cocktail you enjoy

-          If you’re driving and you can’t focus on the road pull aside and relax.

 

Don't Drink and Drive