Drinking and driving

Remember, when it comes to the alcohol the breathalyser is testing, a drink is a drink is a drink. Don’t be fooled and know your limits.   Alcohol affects your ability to drive and affects this ability within minutes of hitting your system by impairing your brain functions.
The driver’s reaction time diminishes as does your muscle coordination. It suppresses your ability to be cautious, careful, concentrate and self control. It changes your mood leading to a more aggressive and reckless attitude to driving.
Your eyesight is affected resulting in you no longer being able to judge distances accurately and in more extreme cases resulting in blurred and or double vision. You are more likely to suffer from tunnel vision when the pupils don’t adapt from darkness to light and a drunk driver is more likely to be dazzled by oncoming headlights. Alcohol also makes night blindness worse.

There is no fool proof way of knowing what your limit is or of how much an individual person can drink and drive safely. Any person’s tolerance to alcohol depends on a number of different factors – weight – gender – age – metabolism – stress levels – amount of food intake – amount of alcohol consumed.
The only one hundred percent safe option is not to drink and drive.
Protect yourself and others on the road by designating a sober driver. Avoid drinking games and do not allow yourself to be talked into having a drink when you do not want to have one. If asking for a non – alcoholic drink does not work then “lose” your drink by putting it down and walking away. Skip a drink know and then. Having a non alcoholic drink in between alcoholic ones will keep your blood alcohol level down. A general guide line is one alcoholic drink per hour.
Make sure you eat plenty and if at home ensure there are plenty of snacks available as well as a good selection of non alcoholic drinks. Respect anyone’s choice not to drink.  Create a setting conducive to social interaction rather than heavy drinking. Decide when you want the party to end and stop serving drinks before this time and serve tea or coffee.
Don’t ever let you or your friends drive home drunk . If you or anyone else thinks you or someone else has had too much to drink take their keys, offer them a bed, a taxi or a ride in someone else’s car but never drink and drive. DRIVE SAFE DRIVE SOBER

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