December 28, 2007
"One way to reduce fatal traffic accidents is to not let common myths convince anyone that it’s OK to get behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks at a holiday party," said Joyce Prager, Assistant Vice President, Community Relations for 21st Century Insurance.
Common Alcohol Consumption Myths — and Facts that Could Save Lives:
Myth: As long as party-goers stick to beer and wine, instead of hard liquor, the intoxicating effects are minimized.
FACT: One 12 oz. can of beer, 5 oz. glass of wine or 12 oz. wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol as 1 1/2 oz. of hard liquor.
Myth: Someone who has had too much to drink will show visible signs of intoxication.
FACT: Physical appearance can be misleading. Just one drink can impair one’s ability to drive safely, because judgment and motor skills are the first things affected by alcohol consumption.
Myth: Drinking coffee sobers up someone who has had too much to drink.
FACT: Time is the only solution to intoxication. It takes approximately one hour to oxidize each drink consumed.
In addition to knowing the facts about drunk driving, all party hosts have a responsibility to prevent friends and loved ones from becoming the next alcohol-related traffic accident statistic. Before the get-together, designate a driver or plan to use public transportation, and never allow guests to leave your party in the driver’s seat if they have been drinking.
Motorists should also watch out for drunk drivers on the roads this holiday season. To spot a drunk driver, look for these warning signs:
1) driving well below the speed limit;
2) driving outside marked lanes, weaving and zigzagging across the roadway;
3) driving with headlights off at night; and/or
4) tailgating and erratic braking.