When it comes to drinking and driving, people are often stating facts they know about it. However, those facts aren’t always true. There are a lot of drinking and driving myths out there when it comes to alcohol consumption. We take a look at those today, as we try and decipher from what is true and what isn’t!
Drinking and Driving: Myths or Facts?
- Myth: Drinking coffee will sober me up.
- Fact: No matter how much coffee you drink, it won’t get rid of the alcohol in your system. You will be a jittery, wide-awake drunk though. Time is the only thing that can reverse alcohol impairment.
- Myth: I don’t drink the hard stuff.
- Fact: No matter what you drink, alcohol is alcohol. Beer has the same effect on your body as straight whiskey. One 12-ounce beer has as much alcohol as a 1.5 ounce shot of 80-proof whiskey or a 5-ounce glass of wine.
- Myth: I’m bigger so I can handle my liquor better.
- Fact: Yes, your body size is a factor in how alcohol affects you. However, there are many other factors involved, like body chemistry, how tired you are, and the amount of food in your stomach. Your reflexes and judgment can be affected with the first drink.
- Myth: I just need to roll down the car window and I’m fine.
- Fact: As we stated earlier, only time can reverse an impairment. Roll down the window or turn on the air conditioner all you want. It does nothing to sober you up.
- Myth: I’ll just drive slower.
- Fact: Do you truly think driving slower is going to stop the danger? You are just a slower vehicle on the road, as others are flying by you. No matter what, impaired drivers are unsafe at any speed!
- Myth: I can just splash my face with some cold water.
- Fact: Pointless! Heck, jump in and take a cold shower, it won’t help either. While you’ll be a cleaner drunk driver, you are still not a safe driver.
- Myth: I drive better after a drink or two.
- Fact: One drink can cloud your thinking, slow your reflexes and dim your vision. Even with just a small amount of alcohol, it can impair your judgment. This puts you and others on the road at risk of death.