2 FACTS & MYTHS - Alcohol gives you energy - Switching between beer, wine and liquor will make you more drunk than sticking to one type of alcohol- You'll get drunk a lot quicker with hard liquor than with beer or wine coolers- Everybody reacts the same to alcohol- A cold shower or a cup or coffee will sober someone up- its just beer, it can't permanently damage you- It's none of my business is a friend is drinking too much- The worst thing that can happen is a raging hangover- Drugs are a bigger problem than alcohol- Alcohol makes you more attractive- People who drink too much only hurt themselves
7 The Effect of BAC on the Brain 1 - 2 Drinks (BAC )- person's systems begin to slow down, relaxed feeling, less inhibited, slight decrease in fine motor skills. Person should wait at least one hour before driving3 - 4 Drinks (BAC )- fine motor skills are decreased, performance and responsiveness are reduced. There is reduction in judgment as well as reaction time5 - 7 Drinks (BAC )- the sense are dulled, especially speech, hearing, and vision. Balance is altered and person may stagger. There is a decreased sense of painDrinks (BAC )- the reflex actions are decreased, body temperature drops, blood circulation slows, as does a respiration. Unconscious may occur. May also lead to coma and death
8 Alcoholism: Showing signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may control your life and relationships.
15 ONTARIO’S DRINKINGAND DRIVING LAW HAS CHANGED!!·Starting May 1, 2009, even a couple ofdrinks could mean an immediate licencesuspension.·If you’ve been drinking and your bloodalcohol concentration registers from .05to .08 on a roadside breath test, you willlose your driver’s licence for 3 to 30 days.Drivers caught more than once facemandatory alcohol education programsand ignition interlock.·Novice drivers of all ages in the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) must also maintain a zero BAC while driving. As of August 1, 2010, if you are a novice driver and are caught with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspension, and if convicted, will face a fine of $60-$500 and will receive a suspension period .