Delayed effects of acute alcoholic intoxication were kinesiologically studied. Changes in eye-hand coordination, manipulative skills, and postural responses were objectively measured by utilizing the apparatus and techniques designed and constructed at the Division of Biomechanics of New York University. Nine healthy males were tested with various amounts of alcoholic beverages on several days in a simulated social setting. Effects of intoxication, sometimes lasting as long as 20 hours after ingestion of alcohol were found. These included decreased motor/sensory skill, prolonged reaction time and poor motor performance. Without tactile and/or visual facilitation manipulative and position skills were also impaired. Further, there was limitation in visual scanning and deterioration in postural control in some cases. Recognition of postintoxication hazard in industrial and traffic safety is stressed. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Study sponsored by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Rockville, Maryland.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    801 Green Bay Road
    Lake Bluff, IL  United States  60044

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  United States  60053
  • Authors:
    • Gold, C
    • Rho, Y-M
    • Tichauer, I R
    • Wolkenberg, R C
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 351-363
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 17

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00265622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: HSM-009-71-63
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1975 12:00AM