How Alcohol Affects Your Driving

Humans have consumed alcoholic beverages in some form for thousands of years. While the effects of alcohol consumption can vary from one individual to the next, alcohol has certain properties that lead to repeatable types of behavior in humans. As a result, all states have enacted laws regulating the operation of a motor vehicle after the consumption of alcohol. This page is designed to help you understand the effect that alcohol can have on your physical and mental well-being, so that you can use good judgment regarding the use of alcohol and the operation of a motor vehicle.

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The Properties of Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol, the chemical in alcohol that affects your brain, which in turn compromises your motor skills. When you consume alcohol, the ethanol is absorbed into your blood and travels to your brain, though some of the effects of the ethanol are filtered out through your liver before reaching your brain.

Ethanol is a central nervous system depressant, which can initially produce feelings of euphoria or giddiness. When alcohol enters your brain, it interferes with the electrical charges that control thought and physical movement, resulting in loss of memory as well as slurring, clumsiness and delayed reflexes. Ethanol also stimulates the production of insulin, causing a decrease in your blood sugar level, a condition that can be extremely dangerous, or even fatal, to diabetics.

Alcohol also suppresses the normal function of your pituitary gland, leading to dehydration.

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