The Effects Of Alcohol On The Brain

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One of the most significant cause of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and risk of car crash is drinking and driving (Chou et al., 2005). Alcohol impacts the brain by slowing down the procedure of receiving and processing information from eyes and directing actions, and the capability to function efficiently (Transport and Main Roads, 2010). Furthermore, it decreases clarity of vision, ability to see far and in dark, ability to make judgements, induce sleepiness and increase likelihood of risk taking behaviour. These effects of alcohol have a significant impact an individual’s ability to drive safely and securely while intoxicated with alcohol. Drink driving does not only impact the driver themselves, but also those who are victims of accidents caused by drink drivers. In Australia, drink driving continues to remain as one of the highest contributors to road fatality and injury, even though it has reduced remarkably since the 1980’s (Terer & Brown, 2014). This paper will discuss some of the findings from an external interview (refer to Appendix A), and compare them to literature on the impacts and consequences of drink driving, a theoretical framework that supports a countermeasure to effectively reduce drink driving behaviour in society. Our interviewee’s opinion regarding drink driving was that it is a high concern in road safety. Findings from Transport and Main Roads (2012) report demonstrate that alcohol related crashes were the highest contributors in fatal crashes in
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