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Alcohol and driving = a deadly combination

By Richardo

In a study that has been conducted in 178 countries shown that 30 to 40 percent of fatalities on the road are related to alcohol. Experts of the World Health Organization claim that driving under the influence of alcohol is not only a question of law application, but a matter of public health policy.
People often do not notice how much drinks they had, but its influence can rapidly affect your body. The effects of alcohol on an empty stomach can be visible after only 15 minutes and if you drink after a meal this reaction happens after an hour. Once alcohol is consumed it rushes directly into the blood through the stomach and intestines and quickly transmitted to the brain. In that moment everything slows down and the brain starts working disrupted so this means the body is reacting to the alcohol in similar ways to a sedative.

Just two glasses are enough to reach 0.5 grams of alcohol per liter of blood, after this you will receive a ticket, get arrested or even lose your driver’s license. At this rate, people who are not accustomed to the alcohol fell a little intoxicated. Many of them however don’t have a sense of intoxication, but the alcohol is still affecting their body. This is very dangerous because the ability of perceiving things significantly decreases after a longer period of time. This feeling is causing the driver to gain more courage but the attention is decreased and the driver becomes more tired so reflexes become much worse. Drunk driver often cannot make the difference between the road sign and people who are waiting to cross the road, as well as encountering vehicles from the side. Sometimes the vision double and his movements are uncoordinated and it gets harder to estimate distance on the road. Many drunk drivers cannot stand the lights from the vehicles from the opposite direction so they often get temporarily blinded.

According to theWorld Health Organization almost 12 thousand people die on the road each year in the United States because of driving under the influence of alcohol. This number has decreased since the 1980s. In the United States the majority of arrested drunk drivers were male but over the past 10 years the number of women who were arrested increased by 30 percent.

Even if you are drinking just one glass of beer or wine, it is best to wait at least two hours, because that is the time needed for the body to eliminates that amount of alcohol in the blood. It is not a bad idea to take a nap first and then sit behind the wheel after a while. All other versions of getting your head straight are useless. Therefore, be patient and wait rather than take a risk and sit behind the wheel and create unnecessary complication.

Always keep in mind that you are not alone on the road and that even one drink can endanger others and yourself. So please follow this advice: when you drink do not drive – when you drive do not drink.

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