How Does Alcohol Affect Your Driving?
By: Chris Kramer
Driving a car is often taken for granted as being a relatively easy task. But when alcohol is involved, the act of driving is complicated by certain, potentially deadly factors. Alcohol can compromise maintaining the vehicle's position and scanning the road for possible hazards.
The Brain's Role in Driving
The brain makes decisions and adjusts motor activity based on training and previous experiences behind the wheel. That's why certain driving maneuvers a person makes can happen automatically in many instances.
But since alcohol depresses the brain, the individual may not be aware of dangerous situations while operating a vehicle. The sensory functions might not be supplying complete or accurate information to the brain about a harmful circumstance right in front of the driver, or reaction times may be delayed.
This person's motor functions are impaired and the alcohol's effect can make him or her feel less inhibited. Therefore, this person is more likely to enter high-risk situations, which would normally be avoided by a sober individual.
Alcohol Affects People Differently
While driving under the influence of alcohol affects everyone, it will impact each person in different ways. Your age, weight, gender, and physical condition all play a role in how alcohol affects you.
More experienced drinkers often develop a physical tolerance to alcohol. This happens because the liver becomes more efficient at breaking down alcohol in the body's system. Additionally, some brain cells are less sensitive to alcohol's effects as well. Both of these factors can make a regular drinker more tolerant alcohol's physical influence, but they are never immune.
Despite the particular effects each person experiences, alcohol still impairs driving in every individual.
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