Don’t gam­ble the morn­ing after

Rutherglen Reformer - - Don't Drink & Drive -

Al­most a third (32 per cent) of driv­ers are caught over the le­gal drink-driv­ing limit the morn­ing after a night out.

More than a quar­ter of peo­ple caught drinkdriv­ing oc­curred be­tween the hours of 5am and 11am, re­veal­ing the risk many driv­ers are un­wit­tingly tak­ing the next day.

If you drink al­co­hol, it’s likely you’re fa­mil­iar with some of the ef­fects of a hang­over.

Headaches, nau­sea and fa­tigue are just some of the un­pleas­ant but com­mon ex­pe­ri­ences of the morn­ing after the night be­fore.

But have you ever won­dered how a hang­over may in­flu­ence your thoughts and be­hav­iour?

Re­search shows that hang­overs may in­flu­ence es­sen­tial cog­ni­tive pro­cesses which are im­por­tant for ev­ery­day liv­ing.

There is ev­i­dence of im­pair­ments in mem­ory (short and long term), the abil­ity to sus­tain at­ten­tion, and psy­chomo­tor skills.

The im­pair­ments caused by hang­overs have im­pli­ca­tions for lots of us – from par­ents to health care pro­fes­sion­als, teach­ers to busi­ness own­ers.

Be­ing able to con­cen­trate on one task, or sus­tain at­ten­tion, is vi­tal in driv­ing.

Any­one who needs to keep their wits about them and pay at­ten­tion to a task may find this dif­fi­cult while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a hang­over.

Im­pair­ment of sus­tained at­ten­tion fol­low­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion may be due to fa­tigue – a ma­jor and com­mon symp­tom of be­ing hun­gover.

Fa­tigue can in­flu­ence your abil­ity to main­tain fo­cus and lower your men­tal re­source, mak­ing en­gag­ing in tasks more dif­fi­cult.

Main­tain­ing at­ten­tion is an im­por­tant as­pect of driv­ing.

Psy­chomo­tor skills in­volve the in­for­ma­tional process re­lated to move­ment, such as hand­eye co-or­di­na­tion.

A hang­over could con­trib­ute to a de­lay in cor­rect­ing the swerve of a ve­hi­cle, or re­act­ing to other driv­ers.

Be safe Don’t risk drink­ing and driv­ing this fes­tive party sea­son

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