You don't have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol.
Drink Driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life.
The effects of alcohol are wide ranging and impossible to avoid. After a big night out you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day.
Alcohol is a depressant and:
- Slows your brain so that you can't respond to situations, make decisions or react quickly.
- Reduces your ability to judge how fast you are moving or your distance from other cars, people or objects.
- Gives you a false sense of confidence - you may take greater risks, thinking that your driving is better than it really is.
- Makes it harder to do more than one thing at a time - while you concentrate on steering, you could miss seeing traffic lights, cars entering from side streets or pedestrians.
- Affects your sense of balance - a big risk if you ride a motorcycle.
- Makes you drowsy - you could fall asleep at the wheel.