by Jean Clark

When it comes to topics such as drinking and driving, some readers would say the law has penalties for this situation, and as such should be avoided. While this is right, it's also important to understand just why these policies, especially those that are heavily restrictive on drinking and driving, are made. Part of this requires you to understand how drinking and driving works, and especially how alcohol can affect your mind. After all, it might be much easier to avoid drinking and driving when one is fully aware of the extent of alcohol's effects on the mind. This could hopefully help enlighten you should you have concerns and doubts about drinking and driving.


Do remember however that it's also important to understand the full extent of drinking and driving laws in order to know what you might get into, should you put yourself in the unfortunate scenario of drinking and driving. As such, it's also important to consult a lawyer or a legal professional about the legal repercussions of drunk driving, and perhaps a medical professional as well for its medical risks. You may find such a legal professional here, and they may be able to provide helpful insight towards driving under the influence.

As per the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, or the NCADD, alcohol can affect your mind in different ways. When you're at home and you're up for a relaxing night, alcohol can greatly help relieve the stress of the work week so that you have a peaceful night. Not all friends enjoy relaxing at home, however, so sometimes parties are celebrated as social gatherings, and alcohol is often involved. Traffic laws are strict, not because of alcohol in itself but because of how alcohol can affect our mind while driving. As such, it's important to understand just how alcohol can affect the mind to see how dangerous it is to drink before or while driving.

Alcohol: Against Judgment, Comprehension

When alcohol affects the body, it usually happens in a pattern. The first part alcohol consumption affects is the brain, as it dampens judgment. This means your ability to think in a clear and concise manner can be impaired because the mind is slowly being passive towards things that is happening around it.

●       When judgment is impaired, a person finds it harder to listen, reason, communicate, make good decisions, and even plan ahead.

●       When judgment is impaired, so is comprehension. Unfortunately, drinking can be disadvantageous to comprehension, so you might find it harder to interpret situations, signals, and signs that would need you to respond quickly. When there's an emergency situation, it's hard to act accordingly if you're intoxicated.

Alcohol: Against Concentration

 Even a small trace of alcohol in the bloodstream has the ability to make an impact on your ability to function properly. This can extend to overall concentration, as alcohol dampens the ability for you to focus on doing tasks. That said, a task such as driving can be harder to do than usual, as sometimes you tend to focus on staying conscious rather than actually driving.

●       Unfortunately, this is dangerous due to the nature of driving, given that there are a lot of things to pay attention to. Not only do you have to make sure you're accelerating into appropriate gears properly, but you also have to look at the road and make sure you follow traffic regulations.

●       The ability to concentrate is essential in ensuring traffic laws and driving rules are followed. This may also be part of the reason why licensure examinations are needed to ensure that drivers are, indeed, safe for the roads. This is because they have an obligation to their vehicle and to the safety of the roads they drive on.

Alcohol: Coordination, Vision


Drinking can also affect important motor skills associated with quick reaction times. Gross and fine motor skills involve simple things such as starting the car with a key, or even just walking towards your vehicle. Losing any form of coordination can be difficult, as it can be potentially lethal for you.

●       In the same token, drinking can also affect a person's ability to coordinate their body functions. Eye movement and hand movements are extremely important to make sure you are able to control your car appropriately. Alcohol can in fact slow down functions of the eye muscles, and can even reduce peripheral vision. Drivers, while intoxicated, tend to only focus on one point at any given time, which means they are in a very disadvantageous situation on roads where they have to pay attention to many things at once.

●       Alcohol is something that can help you feel good, but not to be something to be used in conjunction with tasks that are potentially dangerous. If it's already hard to move at times because of drinking too much, it's all the much harder to drive.

●       When alcohol is also put into the picture, it's important to clarify just how alcohol affects your body in particular as everyone is affected in alcohol on different levels. The effects as shown above can manifest in different ways, and as such can make assessing the situation all the more difficult.


 Alcohol can affect your mind in many ways, which is why a lot of people have different "drunk" personas. This isn't just a matter of psychology, but physiology as well. As learned above, the body has multiple responses to alcohol, and each body's response to alcohol is different. The same can be said with the mind, which means having alcohol enter your system poses a lot of risks when you decide to try to do tasks that require a lot of cognitive skills - like driving. Learning just how dangerous driving while intoxicated is can hopefully help you understand just how and why drunk driving rules tend to be very strict.




Jean Clark

Jean Clark is a professional writer and loves anything to do with law in business or in the public. She is family oriented, and she loves spending her free time with her family.