Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

“Don’t drink and drive” because “alcohol and driving don’t mix.” Those are just some of the very popular and old slogans about drunk driving. Traffic enforcers have been fighting against this huge menace since forever. Sadly, there are still a lot of irresponsible drunk motorists who wouldn’t really care if they crash into something, or someone. Despite the fact that there are already many warnings (signboards, educational manuals, laws, traffic enforcers, etc.), drunk driving is still very rampant in every part of the world. According to US statistics of 2008, 37% of road accidents are actually caused by intoxicated drivers of no specific age range – these drivers can be in their teens, 20’s, 30’s, and up; they can also be first-timers, experienced, non-professional, or professional drivers. This is a very alarming fact!


Physical effects of alcohol in our body

Alcohol is a very powerful drug – it can change the way you act, the way you think, and the way you feel. They say you can classify liquor drinkers into two: low-tolerance drinkers and high-tolerance drinkers. However, according to medical research, alcohol, no matter how much you consume, will surely paralyze your senses. But what are the effects of alcohol in the body? Let me try to explain them to you in simple terms. Lightheadedness accompanied by blurred vision is usually felt by a person intoxicated with alcohol. Hence, depth, distance, and speed perception is also disturbed. Excessive drinking can cause unconsciousness, nausea, asphyxia (oxygen deficiency) and even death. A person under the influence would also experience distressed reaction time due to the fact that his arms and legs will start to feel numb.

Mental effects of alcohol

Have you seen one of those movies that features a policeman conducting a funny road test to an individual who apparently couldn’t walk and talk straight? Those tests do happen in real life.  Drunk drivers won’t be able to walk properly on a straight line nor speak audibly because alcohol readily diffuses to any cell and tissue in the body. Hence, it alcohol will definitely penetrate the walls of your brain cells and tissues. It also causes hormonal imbalance, fatigue, depression; not to mention sleep irregularity and inhibited judgment. When you are behind the wheel of a car, all of your senses must be on red alert. You must be able to react quickly to any circumstance, may it be to making split-second decisions, normal driving conditions, or potentially threatening occurrences. Being a good driver takes skill and judgment. No matter how expert you are behind the wheel, alcohol will decrease your skill and damage your judgment.

Now that you know these things, what do you do next? The best advice I can give you is to disseminate this information that you know. Tell your friends and family members about it. Be responsible yourself. If you’re going to a party and know you’ll be drinking, it’s pretty wise not to bring a car anymore. And if you do, make sure somebody will drive for you. Remember also that drinking can lead to addiction; this will not only sacrifice your skills in driving your vehicle, but also threaten your own life and the lives of others. SO be an activist against drunk driving. This will not only benefit you, but also the future generation.

About Paw

She's a high school science teacher in a small school in Quezon City. She likes reading books and conceptualizing costumes for cosplay. On her spare time, she writes about anything under the sun, while enjoying a cup of coffee in Starbucks.

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