Driving with hangover as bad as drink driving

Getting behind the wheel while hungover could be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, according to new research.

The Dutch study has revealed the risks of driving the day after a big night on the booze – even when alcohol can no longer be detected in a person’s blood.

Healthy volunteers participated in simulated highway driving tests the night after a drinking session which averaged about ten alcoholic drinks.

The tests were performed after the participants’ blood alcohol concentration (BAC) had returned to zero.

Compared to the same tests after a night of not drinking, the results showed a hangover could significantly increase the number of lapses in attention and driving course deviations or weaving.

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