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What effect does alcohol have on the brain?

People consume alcohol for a number of different reasons. Some do it because they like the way it tastes. Others drink because they like the way it makes them feel. Many people drink to fit in at parties or other social situations.

While there's nothing wrong with responsibly drinking alcohol, it's important to understand the way it affects the brain. Alcohol consumption can result in:

  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty walking
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired coordination

There are a variety of factors that determine how quickly alcohol impacts the brain. For example, if you're a regular drinker and only consume one drink, it may have little impact on you. Conversely, if you're drinking alcohol for the first time, one drink is often enough to affect you. Overconsumption of alcohol can result in more serious health concerns, such as blackouts and alcohol poisoning.

Are you too drunk to drive?

If you have any reason to believe you're too drunk to drive, it's better to be safe than sorry. Leave your vehicle where it is and call for a ride. It may be inconvenient, but it's better than risking a DUI charge or causing an accident.

Even if you're responsible with alcohol, you could still be injured in a drunk driving accident. You never know when another person has had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel.

If this happens to you, turn your immediate attention to addressing your injuries and calling for help. Once you're able to revisit the accident, you can turn your attention to your legal rights and how to recover compensation from the drunk driver.

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