Think before you drink. New Year's Eve always results in too many people driving home after drinking too much. Some of these people make it home while others end up in hospitals or the morgue after a car accident. Also, these people cause car accidents that injure innocent drivers and passengers in other vehicles.
There are many factors that speed up your intoxication level when you drink. Pay attention to the following before your drink and drive:
- The quicker you drink, the higher your peak BAC will be.
- Smaller people tend to reach higher BACs than larger people given the same amount of alcohol.
- When there is no food in your stomach, alcohol is absorbed faster into the blood stream. The BAC rises more rapidly when you drink on an empty stomach because there is no food in which to dilute the alcohol.
- Carbonated mixers may speed up the absorption progress while water and fruit juices mixed with alcohol may slow the absorption process.
- Women reach higher BACs faster because they have less water in their bodies and more adipose tissue (fat) which is not easily penetrated by alcohol.
The best thing to do is not drive if you have been drinking. The hassles of finding a ride home (or staying at a friend's house) do not compare to the tragedy that could occur if you drink and drive.
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