Monday, 18 July 2011
Plenty of my friends and even my own parents will drive themselves home or somewhere else after drinking just one glass of wine or a cup of a beer. But according to a new study published in the journal Addiction, you might want to reconsider getting behind the wheel after drinking just a bit.
The study, which was conducted by the University of San Diego, California found found that having a blood-alcohol concentration of just 0.01 percent (a lot lower than the U.S. legal limit of 0.08 percent) increased the odds of being in a serious crash. Researchers studied data on fatal car crashes in the U.S. from 1994 to 2008.
Researchers also found that even with a small amount of alcohol in the driver's blood, there were 4.33 serious injuries for every non-serious injury versus 3.17 serious injuries for sober drivers. Also accidents are prone to be 36.6 percent likely to be more severe if the slightest alcohol is even involved.
The study compared sober drivers to those driving with a "buzz." Drivers with a "buzz" are more likely to speed, more prone to be improperly seat-belted and more likely to drive the striking vehicle.
The researchers of this study warn against any drinking before driving. The best precaution would be to not drink at all before you drive.
What do you think of this study? Do you drive after just one beer or glass of wine? What precautions with alcohol and driving do you take?