How Alcohol Affects Your Driving

People have enjoyed alcohol for thousands of years, whether served as a source of relaxation and enjoyment or for religious reasons. While alcohol can make you feel happy and less stressed, it can also impair your brain so that you may not always make the best decisions.

One bad decision that some people make under the influence of alcohol is driving while impaired. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a 2002 survey revealed that 159 million drives were made under the influence of alcohol in that year alone. When you decide to drive drunk, you run the risk of being ticketed with a DWI or DUI, which can affect you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, contact a Dallas DWI attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

Alcohol and Your Brain

As your digestive system absorbs alcohol and sends it into the bloodstream, the chemical makes its way to the brain. Here, alcohol affects the amount of neurotransmitters which are either excitatory or inhibitory. In fact, alcohol increases the effectiveness of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Because it is inhibitory, GABA causes you to slow down, slurring your speech and lose coordination.

At the same time, the increase in GABA does several things to your brain that can negatively affect your driving skills. It causes:

  • Drowsiness or a loss of concentration
  • Slowed eye movement and vision impairment
  • Decreased reaction speed
  • Loss of rational decision-making ability

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Because of the way that alcohol can impair your driving abilities, law enforcement officials are very serious about stopping those who they believe to be driving drunk. If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, this offense can stay on your record forever. To help you deal with this charge, contact an experienced Dallas DWI attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 for a free initial consultation.


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