Preventing Substance Impaired Driving and Child Endangerment

drinks. However, you can’t tell how much alcohol someone has had by just counting their “drinks,” or number of glasses, they consumed. Some mixed drinks contain more than one shot of alcohol. Some people believe that one kind of alcohol affects them more or less than another; but a standard serving of alcohol has the same power to affect the drinker regardless of the type. Myth 3: Coffee, cold showers, exercise, or other home remedies can make someone sober. Fact: Nothing can speed up the body’s rate of processing alcohol or drugs except time. While a number of factors affect how quickly someone becomes impaired (how much they weigh, how much food is in their stomach, their gender, etc.), the body needs about one hour to process each serving of liquor. A person who has had five drinks in two hours has burned off only about two of the drinks and will need at least three more hours of non-drinking time to become completely sober. In addition, some drugs leave the system very quickly, while others will last for hours. If someone isn’t familiar with how a drug works, they may not know how long the effects will last. Myth 4: As long as the drug is one that’s been prescribed, it’s legal to drive while taking it. Fact: Some drugs, whether prescribed or illicit, aren’t safe to take while operating a motor vehicle. It’s important that people

who are prescribed drugs find out from their doctor whether or not it’s safe to drive after taking their prescription, often this information is written on the prescription

Some prescription and illicit drugs can cause driving impairment.


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