Most people know what being drunk does to someone when they are at the wheel of a motor vehicle. It’s not advisable to drive if you are in that condition. There are physical effects. Your sight is adversely affected, as well as your reaction time.
You might not even realize just how impaired and woozy you are until something terrible happens, such as a collision with another vehicle. You could hit a pedestrian or bicyclist. It’s also possible to swerve off the road and crash into a building.
How does drinking alter your ability to reason and make sensible choices?
If you ask people what they think drinking does to you psychologically, they may say it makes you boisterous and full of hilarity. But it has other, much less desirable effects, too. Alcohol impacts the chemistry in your brain. It messes with your levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and GABA.
When norepinephrine goes way up, your inhibitions can crumble, making it more likely for you to indulge in foolhardy actions. If your GABA level spikes after using alcohol, you could be excessively “relaxed.” As for dopamine, when the level of that neurotransmitter peaks, you develop the “buzzed” sensation people associate with drinking.
Alcohol interferes with the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the area of the brain responsible for rational thought. When its functioning gets thrown out of whack due to alcohol intake, your capacity to think logically can go out the window. You could do things you would ordinarily not do when you are sober.
When alcohol led to a poor decision
If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing a DUI charge, don’t let a misguided decision that was fueled by alcohol disrupt your entire future. There are defenses available.