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Drink driving

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The most significant cause of road trauma and death in Australia is drink driving. You don't have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. No one drives quite as well after drinking alcohol, even though some people may look and act as though they are unaffected.

Alcohol is a depressant drug and it can:

  • reduce your ability to respond and react quickly
  • impact your judgement, including your ability to judge distances and speeds
  • make you drowsy
  • give you a false sense of confidence
  • affect your balance (particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders)

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Last reviewed: August 2018

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