Drinking and Driving don’t go together - Menocares

At the wheel, 0.0 is the only designated

It doesn’t matter if you’ve only had one beer, one mixed drink or one glass of wine. Alcohol always leaves its mark. Anyone who has had a drink will always make two mistakes: first, thinking they can control it, and second, thinking that the effects of alcohol can disappear in a couple of hours.

The level of alcohol in your blood depends on many things. On the amount, how quickly it was drunk, with or without food, the age, weight and sex of the driver (women take longer to metabolise alcohol), the time etc. However what does not vary is the effects of alcohol on driving: Start of area of risk (increasing reaction time, underestimating speed and causing the first problems with coordination); Area of alarm (poorer perception of distance, problems with vision and increased drowsiness); Dangerous behaviour (serious problems with perception, major alterations of attention and coordination); and Highly dangerous behaviour (serious problems with perception, attention and coordination).

For a decade now, the figure of the “Designated driver” has become normal practice for many.

A group of friends are getting ready to go out for the night. One of them agrees to be “designated driver”. All night, his or her plan will be to be out with friends, but only drinking soft drinks and juices, enjoying themselves, and at the end of the night, dropping them off one by one at their homes, safe and sound.  “Designated driver” is a campaign promoted by the European Union to combat that fatal pairing of alcohol and driving, and is mainly focused on the young. This figure appeared after it was proved that 64% of young people preferred to travel by car when “going out on the town”. Nowadays, young people are increasingly aware that drinking and driving don’t mix, and to avoid travelling in a car where the conductor is drunk, organise the week ahead with “designated drivers”.

If you have no “designated driver”, taking a taxi or public transport will always be the best choice.

Myths about alcohol

There have always been myths around alcohol. The reality is the following:

  • Alcohol isn’t a stimulant but a depressant of the nervous system
  • It doesn’t increase sexual potency, rather inhibits it
  • It’s no good for combating cold
  • Taking exercise, drinking water, eating, taking a nap, having a shower: none of these reduce alcohol levels.