• Tom Girardi

Drivers who believe these drunk driving myths put you in danger

Despite the numerous precautionary tales in the media regarding drunk driving, people continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. One of the saddest truths about accidents involving a drunk driver is that they are completely preventable.

Like others here in Southern California, you do what you can to make sure you aren't the one out there putting people's lives in jeopardy. Unfortunately, you must constantly keep your eyes out for others who don't take the same precautions. Then again, some drivers believe certain actions will help them sober up right before they drive. Do these techniques work?

Drunkenness "cures" that don't work

After having a few drinks, some know they probably shouldn't drive yet. But, they think they can "cure" their buzz and get on the road faster. Here are some common myths:

  • Eating a big meal or a bunch of bread will soak up the alcohol. Reality: Food may prevent some alcohol from entering your bloodstream if you eat it prior to drinking, but food cannot remove alcohol already in your system.

  • Taking a short nap will sober me up. Reality: It takes approximately 10 hours for alcohol to completely metabolize, so a person remains impaired after a short nap.

  • Drinking coffee will counteract the effects of alcohol. Reality: Caffeine may wake people up, but they will stay drunk.

  • Driving while under the legal limit is safe. Reality: A pocket breathalyzer may tell people they are under the legal limit, but that doesn't mean they don't feel the effects the alcohol has on their driving.

Unfortunately, too many people believe these myths and get behind the wheel. Drunk driving accidents are far too common, especially in the wee hours of the morning. 

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