Drinking and Driving
Alcohol affects the brain...
It affects others...
Alcohol can quickly affect a person's ability to make good decisions- even with the first drink. People who are drinking are disinhibited and take risks they wouldn't take otherwise.
Alcohol impairs the normal functioning of the brain. Thought processes, motor coordination, sensory processes, perception and reaction time are all impaired while using alcohol. These skills are necessary to drive safely.
- A driver who's drinking isn't the only person at risk.
- Passengers in the drinker's car, people in other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians can be injured or killed by someone's alcohol-related mistake.
It's against the law...
- There are laws against drinking and driving. You can easily lose your driver's license for driving under the influence.
- About 1.5 million arrests are made each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Who's at risk?
- Young people are less experienced in driving, thus more likely than older people to be involved in an accident. Almost half of all traffic deaths among 16 to 24 year olds involve alcohol.
- The risk is especially high for young men, even those too young to legally buy alcohol. Boys in their late teens say that they drink and drive almost as often as men in their twenties.
Source: adopted from ETR associates