If you think that it is all right to wait just an hour or two after heavy drinking and you will be fine to drive, think again. According to recent research, alcohol continues to affect cognitive functioning even after drinkers feel like they are sobering up.
Cognitive Functions Affected
Some of the important cognitive functions affected by alcohol are spatial reasoning, planning, and the ability to control behavior. As people drink alcohol and their blood alcohol levels are rising and they feel stimulated, they may feel most intoxicated. Then, as blood alcohol levels go down, they may feel a little depressed or down, but they do not feel like they are drunk any longer. Cognitive deficits are worst at this time.
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QUICK TIP: Cognitive function deficits can seriously affect behavior, making a person more argumentative and aggressive.