Alcohol and Driving While Intoxicated


Alcohol is a drug, a very popular drug. Alcohol has been around for a
long time, and people have always enjoyed it\'s effects. Many people have
passions for alcohol, some people have refrigerators filled with beer, many
others are wine connoisseurs. Alcohol always seems to liven up the party. But
no madder what your preference is, alcohol can be very dangerous when combined
with the operation of an automobile. If you can remember only a few things from
this report remember this: driving drunk is unsafe to you, and everyone else
around you. The driver\'s of other cars, pedestrians, etc… Driving drunk can
also be very, very costly: insurance surcharges, insurance rates, tickets, fines.

You should understand what alcohol does to you before we go on. Alcohol
is a depressant, and often enhances your mood. If your angry, after a couple
drinks you may be quite possibly angrier. If you are sad, you probably will
feel sadder after some drinks. It is not good to drink and drive when you are
in a good mood, but your driving is also influenced by your mood. It can make
you drive faster, pay attention less, etc… Study\'s have shown that the
combination of anger, and drinking is responsible for much of reckless driving.
Not only can alcohol enhance your mood, but it has been proven that it can
quickly alter your mood. When alcohol is consumed, it is not digested. It
passes through your stomach and small intestine directly into the bloodstream
and is carried to all parts of your body. It reaches your brain in small amounts.
When alcohol is ingested in larger amounts, it dulls the area of your brain
that control inhibition, judgment, and self-control. Hopefully you can see how
this could be detrimental to your health when driving. Drinking.

But how does alcohol effect my driving? To expand upon this, drinking
increases your self-confidence, and inhibitions but lowers your driving
performance (reaction times, stopping distance). You may feel like you can do
anything behind the wheel of a car after a six-pack. But you can\'t. Many, many
accidents occur because of drinking. Most of these accidents involve only 1 car,
but other people are killed by drunk drivers. There is a technique to protect
yourself from drunk drivers. First, always wear your seat belt. Second, keep
your distance from anyone that may appear to be under the influence. Anyone who
is swerving, or going to slow are good examples. But it is impossible to
prevent all of these accidents, people have to be educated about drinking and
driving.

So how much alcohol is safe? No amount of alcohol in your body is as
safe as having none. But certain amounts of alcohol are safer than others.
There is no set limit of how much is too much, because there are too many
factors in drinking. Body weight, amount of drinks, and how fast you drink are
all factors in how alcohol affects you. Even the amount of food in your stomach
can be a factor in how fast the alcohol gets into your blood stream. You cannot
always tell by looking at someone if they\'ve had too much. Some people can hold
their alcohol real, others cannot. The only real way to measure the amount of
alcohol in your body is with a breathalyzer. A breathalyzer measures your BAC;
blood alcohol concentration. Your BAC is how much of your blood is alcohol.
You must be 21 in the U.S. to drink, but the BAC limit is .10%. If you are over
.10% you are considered legally drunk, and will be charged with DUI if you are
caught. At slightly above .05% your risk of causing an accident is double what
it would be at 0%. Considering that most people are not excellent drivers to
begin with, this is scary.

How do is sober up? Eating, taking aspirin, drinking black coffee, deep
breathing and cold showers are not effective at all in sobering up. The only
way to sober up is time. This is important to remember, do not let anyone tell
you otherwise. If you do drink, you can be smart about the actions you make.
If you have any second thoughts about driving, don\'t. Have a friend drive you
home, call a friend, or call a cab. Don\'t worry about your car, it is not as
important as human life, and will probably be in better condition if you don\'t
drive it drunk. Also, don\'t let friends drive drunk either, if they are
stubborn, take the keys from them. It