It's a pretty well-known fact that driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can be dangerous, yet many residents of Los Angeles probably don't realize that driving with a hangover can also be unsafe.
Researchers at Brown University will soon publish their study about the effects of various types of liquor on how people experience hangovers, reports the New York Daily News. Their study shows that people drive poorly while experiencing hangover symptoms from a heavy night of drinking the day before.
Researchers tested the effects of alcohol on 95 men and woman who were healthy, but heavy drinkers. The morning after the test subjects consumed heavy amounts of alcohol, the researchers at Brown found that the individuals had slow reaction times, fatigue symptoms, and an inability to focus.
The study also found that those who consume alcohol that is light in color (Vodka, White Rum) tend to have less hangover severity than those who consume darker colored alcoholic drinks, which means more Cosmos and less Jack and Coke. Sarah Jessica Parker's advice for life triumphs again.
It also may not be a good idea to drive the morning after drinking because alcohol can stay in your body for up to 24 hours. When you do seventy-five body shots off of a little person at the Midget Bar at Beacher's Madhouse, you're bound to still be drunk when you wake up. After all, the body only processes about a drink per hour.
Finally, you've really just got to use common sense. Hangovers mean you are exhausted, dehydrated, and nauseous. Will that impair your driving? Duh. Thanks Brown University for reminding us of the obvious.
August 2012 Editor's Note: This blog post has been updated by William Peacock, Esq. to ensure relevancy of content and that law cited is current.