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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.

Read more here about the effects of drink driving

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.

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