Can Driving While Hungover Get You a DUI?
We're not sure about that, but a new study suggests that it will defintely impair you from driving safely.
Throbbing headaches, sensitivity to light, impaired reflexes. Does anyone think that's an all-clear to hit the road? If you drive with a hangover, you pose the same threat to yourself and others as much as driving drunk.
Don't drive until that hangover's gone
It might seem safer if you drive home the morning after a wild night, but two studies have concluded you should wait until your hangover subsides.
Even if there's no more alcohol in your blood stream, "the cumulative fatigue and poor sleep accrued after a night of intense libation makes for drivers that respond more slowly to environmental changes — switching lanes more erratically and generally demonstrating poor reasoning skills," as Medical Daily reports.
The second study had similar results, but subjects were instead told to drive in stop-and-go traffic. The results showed that people were often making "simple driving errors, demonstrating slow reaction times, and unsafely increasing and decreasing speeds (a hallmark of poor reaction time)," Medical Daily explained.
What are the best cures for hangovers?
Hangovers are, simply, a short-term withdrawal from alcohol that's piled with intense dehydration and sleep deprivation. Here are some remedies via Men's Health.
Water: Alcohol can cause dehydration. Before hitting the sack, drink about 16 to 20 ounces of water, advised Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., a consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. Also, next time you go out, drink a glass of water with every drink.
Coffee: Caffeine from coffee helps you feel alert and can treat headaches.
Food: Food slows down the absorption of alcohol. Also, "Carbs can help bring your blood sugar levels back up the morning after," said Dr. Hall-Flavin to the site.
Pain medication: A pounding headache can be helped with a pill or two but stick to aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Do not use a acetaminophen (Tylenol) because over time it can cause liver damage.
Do you have any surefire hangover cures?