How many times have we had a pint or two and decided to have a good time only to get into the car late at night thinking that nobody will be on the road and you can manage to get home safely? This decision has been taken by many more people than you think. The problem is even a little bit of alcohol can impair your judgement. Nobody ever said that alcohol helped you make better decisions. The fact of the matter is that the more alcohol we have in our bodies, the more impaired we get. Here are a few stages of behavioral changes hat impaired drivers undergo.
- If your BAC is between 0.001 – 0.029: The person will still seem normal and although there will be no clear behavioral changes, special tests can detect subtle effects.
- BAC level of 0.030 – 0.059 : With this BAC levels, the person starts to be more happy, experiences mild euphoria, is relaxed and gets more talkative. People also start showing decreased inhibition. At this stage, the person’s concentration gets impaired.
- BAC level of 0.060 – 0.099: At this stage and with this BAC level, the person is less sensitive to any pain they may experience, they feel euphoric and have low inhibitions, they exhibit extroversion and have blunted feelings. Their reasoning gets impaired along with their depth perception, peripheral vision and glare recovery. Looking at these symptoms, it is easy to see why you should not drive under the influence of any substance.
- BAC level of 0.100 – 0.199: A person with this BAC will experience possible nausea and vomiting, boisterousness and over-expression. Their reflexes and reaction time will be severely affected; they will stagger and experience gross motor control as well as slurred speech and may also face temporary erectile dysfunction.
- BAC Level of 0.200 – 0.299: Now the person will experience nausea, vomiting, emotional swings, partial loss of understanding, decreased libido, impaired sensations, anger or sadness and may face the possibility of a stupor. They will face severe motor impairment, memory blackout and loss of consciousness.
- BAC level of 0.300 – .0399: This is when a person has imbibed too much and they can lapse in and out of consciousness, have a loss of understanding, go into a stupor, face a central nervous system depression and also face a low possibility of death. This stage is when it gets dangerous and very harmful for your body. The person’s heart rate gets impaired, as well as their breathing, Disequilibrium and bladder function.
- BAC level of 0.400 – 0.500: The person now faces the chance of going into a coma and the possibility of death. They will also face a severe central nervous system depression. Their breathing, heart rate is severely affected.
- BAC level of 0.500 and above: This stage is extremely serious as the blood alcohol content is very high for your body to handle. The person could have a high possibility of death due to the high risk of poisoning and may lose their life.
The above stages show us how increased alcohol intoxication can affect and impair our judgement. We may think that we are invincible and when we are drunk or under the influence, it certainly does feel that way, but our bodies are extremely fragile and being in control of a motor vehicle at these stages in not only putting yourself in danger but also the lives of others around you. This is why many countries ensure that the legal limit is at a certain level to ensure the safety of the concerned person as well as others. Making sure that you stay within the permissible limits is extremely important.