How Does Alcohol Affect Driving

Alcoholic beverages have an effect on the brain and the body that leads to loss of control, whether physically or mentally.That’s why driving after drinking alcohol increase the likelihood of a tragic death in a car crash.

Alcohol Affects Driving Performance

Driving requires your full attention as you watch the road and other cars and maintain control of your vehicle. Impairment of any of your functions makes this task difficult, if not impossible to do properly.

Alcohol alters your brain’s chemical balance as it is a depressant; it affects the thoughts, actions and feelings of a person. As you increase the amount of alcohol you consume, you start to lose control of your mental and physical processes.

As your brain experiences chemical changes induced by alcohol, you begin to have trouble driving:

1. Vision impairment

2. Slower reaction time

3. Lower concentration and vigilance

4. Difficulty in multi-tasking

5. Increased drowsiness behind the wheel

6. Higher levels of risk taking and daredevil acts while driving

That’s why the safest choice is to always designate a non-drinking driver to get you home.

Raising Awareness

Despite the decreasing number of fatalities caused by drunk driving, MADD will not stop until there are No More Victims™. That’s why we make it a point to support law enforcement, raise awareness and promote technology that prevents driving under the influence as well as help families and individuals recover from a devastating crash caused by substance impaired driving.

You can do your part in helping our advocacy by donating your car, truck, van or any other vehicle gives it a new meaning and purpose that help save and change lives. Drunk driving leads to thousands of fatalities annually, injures hundreds of thousands and costs billions of dollars.

Contact us to learn more about what you can do to help.