The Effects of Alcohol on the Body
Alcohol has many dangerous short and long-term effects on the human body. It temporarily inhibits one’s sense of self-control, both physically and mentally. In the long run, alcohol may permanently damage one’s liver, kidneys, and brain. Laws have been set in place that prohibit individuals from operating motorized vehicles while under the influence of alcohol because these short-term effects may cause a driver to behave negligently, the result of which may be a deadly wreck.
The Short Term Effects of Alcohol
In the short-run, alcohol has a number of temporary bodily effects that inhibit one’s abilities to make sound decisions and effectively control one’s body. These include the following:
- Inability to accurately judge situations
- Heightened emotional state
- Loss of physical bodily control
- Inability to balance
- Shorter attention span
- Slower reaction times
- Blurry vision
- Loss of consciousness
If an individual consumes too much alcohol, then he or she may experience alcohol poisoning. Symptoms of this dangerous condition include vomiting, low body temperature, unconsciousness, slow or irregular breathing, and pale or blue skin.
Many times, individuals make poor decisions regarding motor vehicle operation and alcohol consumption. Nationwide, the legal limit of a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08. Those who choose to operate an automobile with a high BAC level put themselves, their passengers, and others on the road at risk.
If you have been hurt by another individual’s negligent, intoxicated operation of a motorized vehicle, then you have a right to claim damages. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to speak with a qualified attorney about your situation.