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The long-term effect of alcohol on a driver's actions

You know that alcohol can alter a person's mind and affect his or her actions, but alcohol can also affect a driver's long-term cognitive ability. A new study shows that habitual drinkers could develop memory problems from alcohol over the years, even if they only drank moderately. 

This study examines how the brain reacts to exposure to alcohol over time. According to the conclusions reached from this study, drunk driving is not the only way for alcohol to affect a person's ability to drive safely and make smart decisions behind the wheel. No matter the circumstances, a Florida driver who drives while impaired or incapacitated in any way is responsible for any damages that he or she causes.

The effect of alcohol on the brain

In this particular study, a person who drank a moderate amount of alcohol on a regular basis was more likely to develop memory issues than a person who drank only lightly or did not drink at all. This study concluded the following about people who are habitual, moderate drinkers:

  • This group of people were more likely than light drinkers or abstainers to develop changes in the brain.
  • Moderate, habitual drinkers demonstrated a decline with their speech test.
  • The same group tested well on cognitive portions of the study.

The study drew several interesting conclusions about people who drink on moderate or heavy levels. These people are more likely to show shrinkage in a certain part of the brain.

While this study did not specifically examine how habitual drinking could affect a driver, it could indicate that the long-term effects of alcohol could impact how a person drives. It is reasonable to conclude that alcohol could impair a person's mental function long-term, even if that person is not drunk. Many people drink, but there are a few who could experience some negative consequences, even long into the future.

Alcohol and car accidents

There is no question that alcohol is a contributing factor in a significant number of Orlando car accidents. Victims of intoxicated or impaired drivers have the right to seek compensation for any damages from accidents. This also applies to victims who suffer because of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, no matter the reason. 

You may be unsure of where to begin after an accident or you may feel unsure about what factors played a role in your accident and accident-related pain and suffering. In these circumstances, you could benefit from a complete evaluation in order to better understand the options available to you.

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