Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Judging When Alcohol's Effects Wear Off Not Easy, Study Finds

(HealthDay News) -- The way that alcohol impairs reasoning and problem-solving abilities may explain why some people feel they're fit to drive even though they're drunk, researchers say.

The study looked at how cognitive abilities, which affect thinking skills, are affected during both rising and declining levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC). BAC is a measurement used to determine intoxication, usually for legal or medical purposes.

In the laboratory, participants consumed alcoholic drinks over an eight-hour period to bring their BAC up to 0.10 percent and then waited for their levels to return to a normal BAC.

As their BAC levels rose and then fell during the experiment, the participants were asked to describe their feelings of drunkenness and they were assessed on their ability to navigate a hidden maze learning task on a computer. Read more...

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