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Alcohol consumption constitutes the number one risk factor in traffic accidents. Alcohol is a depressant which even in small doseshas a negative effect on driving, in that it impinges on the driver's capabilities. Alcohol diminishes the ability to drive which is why the more alcohol that concentrates in the blood, the higher the likelihood of suffering a fatal accident or suffering the consequences or permanent disabilities.

Ethyl alcohol spreads evenly throughout the body's tissues and fluids, apart from fat. The liver carries the main responsibility for eliminating alcohol. Yet the process of ethanol detoxification is much longer that the intoxication process.

For example, a healthy male weighing 70 kilos who has overstepped the limit of 0.5 g/l of alcohol in the blood will neednearly five hours to totally get rid of the alcohol, as the elimination rate ranges between 0.15 and 0.20 g/l per hour. It would take about eight hours to totally eliminate 1.2 g/l.

The symptoms of alcohol concentration in the blood are:

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Emotional excitability and reduced mental sharpness and judgment capabilities. Relaxation and a feeling of "letting go", slower eye movements, distortion of distances or “tunnel vision”, and an inability to judge moving lights.

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Generally slow reactions and starting to move erratically, with loss of the powers of concentration and anticipation and a lack of coordination. Problems with vision and loss of balance. Unclear perception of red light. Excessive self-confidence and disregard for road signs. Starting to become impulsive and aggressive at the wheel.

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Advanced state of drunkenness, very disturbed reactions and slowness in responding. Loss of precise control of movements and serious coordination problems. Clumsy speech and body movements. Reduced intellectual capacity, with difficulty in performing mental activities such as memory and judgment. Emergence of aggressive emotional reactions to setbacks. Reckless driving.

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Completely drunk with possible narcotic effects and confusion. Unpredictable changes in behavior and obvious mental confusion. Very blurred vision, hesitant attitude and lack of bodily coordination.

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Dead drunk, in an analgesic stupor with progressive loss of consciousness. Complete loss of reflexes, paralysis and hypothermia. Possibility of going into a coma. Impossible to drive.

Not everybody is affected in the same way by the amount of alcohol they consume. It depends on factors such as the age and physical condition of the driver,whether they drank on an empty stomach or during a meal, the pace of consumption and many other variables.All of these factors determine the speed at which alcohol appears in the bloodstream. That is why it is important to be aware that if you have drunk alcohol, you cannot drive. There are no excuses. Join GOAL ZERO.