If you are like me, you might end up downing a few more drinks than usual during the Holiday Season, especially at the dreaded “office party”! And I am sure I don’t have to tell you that it is illegal, dangerous, and plain wrong to drink and drive — your judgment, coordination, and reflexes are all impaired.
But did you know it may not not be safe to drive the next day, either? According to two recent studies, being hungover, even with zero alcohol content in your blood, impairs your driving performance almost as much as being drunk.
Participants in the experiments went out drinking on the designated night (I am sure they found plenty of “volunteers” for this experiment), had about 10 drinks each (yowzer!), and the next morning took a 20-minute simulated drive through urban and rural settings.
The result? Excessive speed, slower reaction times, lapses in attention, and more driving errors generally. In fact, the hungover participants did just as badly as intoxicated drivers. Yet all the driving tests were performed after the participants’ blood alcohol concentration had returned to zero!
Moral of the story? If you are going to drink a lot, get a designated driver — for the next morning!
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