Drunk Driving and Your Health: What Are The Real Risks

This is a guest post from law writer Sabrina Wright.

You’re used to driving late at night, even if you’ve had drinks with your friends. This has been your routine for years. No matter how drunk you are, you would always choose to drive home because, for you, you’d always want to sleep in the comfort of your own bed. And you’re never worried about getting into any accidents because in your defense, you’ve been doing this for years and nothing bad has happened to you. You’re still in one piece. You’re a grown man, and you believe you can still manage yourself while you’re on the road. And since nothing bad has happened to you in the past while you’re drink driving, you decided to continue doing your ways. But are you actually waiting for an accident before you change your mindset? Or are you forgetting that you’re also putting your health at risk whenever you drink drive?

Your life is the biggest thing you can lose once you drink and drive. This is common knowledge to everyone (hopefully including you). However, although you might not die immediately once you drink and drive, your health is adversely affected in the process. And the effects might not be visible in weeks or even in years but before you know it, your body may not be functioning well because you’re frequently drink driving. To create a clearer picture in your head, here are the real risks of drink driving to your health:

Your eyesight will be affected: If you’ve been drunk many times, you might have felt that sensation of not being able to stand straight because everything you’re seeing seems to be tilting to one side. And seeing this makes you dizzy.

  • No, you don’t have to visit your favorite ophthalmologist for a new set of glasses because your eyesight is not totally at fault why situations like these happen. You’re feeling this way because of alcohol. Aside from feeling dizzy, you’ll also have slower pupil reaction times which can become an issue as you’ll not be able to adapt to oncoming headlights while on the road.
  • You need your eyes to be alert while you’re on the road to determine if there are vehicles ahead or behind you, or if pedestrians are crossing the street. Once you’re not able to see these on your way, you could be involved in fatal accidents.
  • One of the long-term effects of alcohol to your eyesight is decreased vision due to vitamin deficiency. If you drink too much too often, your liver loses the ability to absorb the vitamins needed for your eyesight. You can end up with night blindness or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Your hearing will be affected: Similar to the importance of your eyesight, your sense of hearing is also required when you’re behind the wheel. How else will you know that a car is planning to overtake your vehicle if you can’t hear it honk?

  • There’s a reason why you’re not allowed to wear your favorite iPod headphones while you’re on the road – so you can be aware of what’s around you to make better decisions while driving. If you can hear a vehicle’s honk as it’s planning to approach an intersection, you’ll be able to make a complete stop and make way for that vehicle.
  • But if you’re not able to listen attentively to these warnings, you won’t know what will happen next. And the effects that this has on you, and surrounding traffic, could be detrimental.
  • Permanent hearing loss is one of the long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption. This happens because alcohol can damage your inner ear hair cells which are responsible for translating sounds from your ear to your brain. You’ll be able to act accordingly based on the things you hear.

Your brain will be affected: Your brain is in charge of everything that you say and do. Without it, you’ll not be able to do anything at all. Similarly, your eyesight and hearing will be useless if your brain can’t process the information it’s getting.

  • Sure, you might see a pedestrian coming to your direction, but once your brain can’t process this information, you might not be able to step on the brakes on time. Your foot-eye coordination might be hindered for you to do anything.
  • If alcohol is already in your system, you’ll lose the concentration and ability to think while you’re on the road. And these things are important to ensure your safety. You need to focus on what’s on the road, and you should be able to make decisions immediately whenever problems arise while you’re driving.
  • ou don’t want to blackout when you’re faced with a very stressful situation while driving. Unfortunately, this can happen if you’re always intoxicated. You can blackout and lose control of the wheel.

The risks of drink driving to your health should be reasons enough for you to change your mindset on what you think is right. Yes, you might get at home after a night out, but that doesn’t outweigh the risks – you don’t know what can happen on the road and the chances of you, getting any long-term illnesses are gradually increasing. Nothing good can come from either of those, right? Instead of driving when you’re drunk, consider asking a friend to drive you home or stay in a nearby hotel. Your life and safety should always be your priority, no matter what the situation is.

Sabrina Wright

Sabrina Wright is a vibrant young law writer currently writing her next big project. Her modern outlook on the law field is reflected on her informative pieces. Sabrina loves cooking and often invites her friends over for barbecue.

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