The author views the topic of blood alcohol levels (BAL) and driving impairment as encompassing two issues specifically related to alcohol-use practices namely, the issues of individual sensitivity and subjective tolerance. Following a discussion of the literature dealing with these issues, she points out the persistent belief among alcohol consumers that they perform better at low levels of alcohol than when sober. The experience of good feelings creates the illusion of heightened abilities, increased sociability, and invulnerability, all of which obscure any objective impairment of performance. She concludes that effective countermeasures will have to consider this pervasive belief among drinkers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Full title of publication is Alcohol, Drugs and Driving: Abstracts and Reviews in Alcohol and Driving.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Brain Information Service

    California University, Center for Health Science
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • Burns, M
  • Publication Date: 1985-6

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  • Accession Number: 00452030
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 210
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM