The relationship between drinking and driving is a complex one. In general, the probability of a crash increases as blood alcohol concentration (BAC) increases. Physiological changes with increased BAC impair attention span, alertness, visual acuity, and reaction times. Risk-taking behavior is increased with alcohol consumption. Alcohol is particularly detrimental for the inexperienced driver as well as for the driver in unfamiliar territory. This report covers research of three major types: research on the physiological effects of alcohol, laboratory and simulation studies of alcohol-related accidents in field settings. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Council for Advanced Transportation Studies
    Austin, TX  United States  78712
  • Authors:
    • Young, R K
    • Valentine, D
    • Williams, M D
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 63 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR-49
  • Contract Numbers: (77) 7200-02 B
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM