Your brain and central nervous system are directly affected by
consumption of alcohol. The affects will be varied and the
intensity of your impairment will depend on the amount of alcohol you
have consumed and which part of the brain/central nervous system has
- The first part of the brain to be affected is the Cerebral Cortex
is the first portion of the brain to be affected. Inhibition of
thought processes, impairment of the senses and an overall feeling of
euphoria and self-confidence will occur.
- The Limbic System will be affected next and pronounced emotional
responses, such as excessive crying, anger and withdrawal are
- The next part of the brain that will be affected is The Cerebellum
which controls fine and gross motor movements. There will be a general
loss of coordination and balance.
- Alcohol will then affect the Hypothalamus and the Pituitary Gland
which results in increased urges, decreased performance and frequent
urination, thereby causing further distractions for the driver.
- The Medulla is the last part of the brain/central nervous system to
be affected, and the most dangerous and even fatal results will
follow. Immense amounts of alcohol will cause loss of
consciousness and even death because your breathing, temperature,
consciousness and heart rate will be adversely affected.
Alcohol is a depressant and works to slow-down or cause the
brain/central nervous system to perform sluggishly. Participating
in any activity that requires you to focus or react quickly is
challenging if you have consumed alcohol. The combination becomes
deadly if the activity involves operating a motor vehicle!