Tue December 27, 2011
DUPAGE COUNTY-As DuPage County residents prepare for celebrations to welcome the New Year, the DuPage County Health Department reminds people to avoid drinking and driving.
The Health Department shares the following tips on how to be safe at holiday parties where alcohol is served:
Alcohol is a drug that depresses the central nervous system and slows the activity of the brain and spinal cord. Therefore, one drink can slow a driver's reflexes and make the car a dangerous weapon. From the first drink, alcohol begins to affect coordination and judgment. Vision and depth perception become distorted, emotions and moods become unpredictable, and reaction time slows.
Alcohol's effect on an individual is determined primarily by two factors: the amount of alcohol consumed and the rate at which it is absorbed. Other contributing factors include body weight, alcohol tolerance, mood, environment and the amount of food consumed.
Shortly after a person starts to drink, the body begins to rid itself of the alcohol. The process is slow, but eventually all the alcohol will be filtered out, mainly by the liver, which is responsible for removing about 90 percent of it. The elimination rate is equal to about one drink per hour. There is nothing - not coffee, showers or food - that can speed up the process. It does not matter if the person is asleep or awake.
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