Alcohol is a depressant drug. It slows down the activity of the central nervous system, including the brain.
Alcohol could affect your driving by causing:
• Impaired vision
• Reduced reaction times
• Reduced concentration and vigilance
• Feeling more relaxed and drowsy, which may cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel
• Difficulty in understanding sensory information
• Difficulty doing several tasks at once (e.g. keep in the lane and in the right direction, while concentrating on other traffic)
• Failure to obey road rules
• Over confidence, which may lead to risk taking
The hangover effects of alcohol, the next day, can make it hard to concentrate and drive safely, and might cause you to fall asleep while driving.
A person who has been drinking alcohol may think that if they are especially careful, they will be able to drive safely. However, the alcohol may have affected their view and experience of reality. Their actions and responses may be quite different to what is actually needed, but they may be unaware of how much their driving skills have been affected.
Tips for driving safely
If you intend to drive, the safest option is not to drink!!!