Tis the season..(pt.1of6)

Posted on November 17, 2010

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The holidays are here and that means a lot of group socializing, a lot of eating and drinking; and with that comes responsibility.  This holiday season the Mayor’s Health Line would like to emphasize safety for not only you but also others around you and of course to promote healthier options when celebrating. As many know, people who drive while intoxicated or drunk are at a higher risk of deadly car accidents than when sober.  Not to mention that DUI is against the law. In MA, “suspending or revoking driver licenses, impounding or confiscating vehicle plates, impounding  or immobilizing vehicles, increasing penalties such as fines or jail for drunk driving, and mandating alcohol education” are the consequence you will face if caught.  Statistics show that:

Most drivers who have had something to drink have low blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) and few are involved in fatal crashes. On the other hand, while only a few drivers have BACs higher than .15, a much higher proportion of those drivers have fatal crashes.

  • The average BAC among fatally injured drinking drivers is .16
  • The relative risk of death for drivers in single-vehicle crashes with a high BAC is 385 times that of a zero-BAC driver and for male drivers the risk is 707 times that of a sober driver, according to estimates by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).”

Know the side effects. Some have different tolerances to alcohol and react different to it. But some common side effects

Euphoria (BAC = 0.03 to 0.12%)

  • Overall improvement in mood and possible euphoria
  •  Increased self-confidence
  • Increased sociability
  • Shortened attention span
  • Flushed appearance
  • Inhibited judgment Impaired
  •  fine muscle coordination

Lethargy (BAC = 0.09 to 0.25%)

  • Sedation
  • Impaired memory and comprehension
  • Delayed reactions
  • Ataxia; balance difficulty; unbalanced walk
  • Blurred vision; other senses may be impaired

Confusion (BAC = 0.18 to 0.30%)

So now that we are well informed on DUI, we will present to you some tips on consuming alcoholic beverages responsibly next week.

Resources used in this blog for stats and side effects

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/DrinkingAndDriving.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-term_effects_of_alcohol

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