Alcohol effects decision making and reaction times. The sad fact is the more you drink, the more chance of an accident. At .05, the risk of you having an accident is about double of you in a sober state. At .08 the risk is over three times higher. At .1, it's seven times. At .15, it's 26 times.
You don't have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. No one drives as well as usual after drinking alcohol, even though some people may look and act as though they are unaffected. Alcohol is a depressant drug that affects most areas of the brain. Alcohol impacts the human body in a number of ways...
You cannot compensate for the effects of alcohol on your brain.
Once alcohol has been consumed its effects on driving cannot be reversed. Getting your Blood Alcohol Content back to zero takes time and no amount of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the process.
The only thing that will sober you up once you have stopped drinking alcohol is time.
Estimating your Blood Alcohol Content is often inaccurate because the alcohol concentration of drinks vary from 2.5 percent (eg light beer) to over 40 percent in some spirits. Beer may be served in pints, schooners or middies. Wine glasses may vary in size from 100 to 280mls and many other drinks come in non-standard sizes.
Factors such as your gender, size, weight fitness, health and liver function will all affect your Blood Alcohol Content. Also, the rate at which alcohol is eliminated from your system varies from person to person.
Remember: Your Blood Alcohol Content will rise for up to 2 hours after you stop drinking. If you go out drinking and have a big night you may still be over the limit the next day.
As a general rule, men can consume two standard drinks in the first hour and one every hour after that. Women can consume one standard drink in the first hour and one every hour after that.
If you are planning to drink, then plan NOT to drive. Plan ahead and arrange overnight accommodation or alternative transport...
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