A Recent Study Reveals that a Sleepy Driver Is Just As Dangerous As A Drunk One

By November 8, 2017 Science, U.S. News

With so many people seeking a head change these days, alcohol and drugs have become increasingly popular and dangerous as ever. However, science has discovered a head change without the struggle of throwing up on your friends rug or the hangover that kept you out of work last week!

People have drank alcohol for hundreds of years, if not thousands. Of course, there are some people out there who are responsible enough to consume alcohol without making a fool out of themselves or corroding their liver. However, like always, there are more irresponsible people. All in all, alcohol isn’t worth the feeling it gives you. There are way too many downsides, risks, and side effects. However, if you can’t seem to imagine life without a good buzz every now and then, science has discovered a new way to achieve ‘drunk’. 

Although the dangerous side effects and the some 88 thousand people who die annually, people still can’t seem to put down the booze. While there are certainly worse options out there, alcohol certainly isn’t a safe method of achieving a head change. Of course, marijuana is a relatively safe and effective way to ‘let the day fade away’, it’s impending federal legality and mainstream controversy, it makes it a bit harder to utilize. However, science might’ve just discovered a head change that doesn’t come from a drug at all.

While it might be debatable on safety, you can’t deny it’s less dangerous than an old-fashioned swig. The study conducted by the University of California Los Angeles found that sleep deprivation can offer a similar head change as alcohol. They discovered that sleep deprivation slows down the communication speed of brain cells and prevents memories from being properly formed. The researchers commented that the effect of fatigue can have the same effect on our brains as drinking too much. They also emphasized sleep deprivation and driving because there is no medical evaluation to determine an overly tired driver.

In the study, the researchers monitored the brains of 12 epileptic patients prior to surgery. After scanning the brain of the patients they revealed that lack of sleep can provoke seizures in epileptic patients. They were previously kept up all night to shorten hospital stays by speeding up the onset of a seizure.

“The very act of seeing the pedestrian slows down in the driver’s overtired brain,” Dr. Itzhak Fried, senior author of the study said. “It takes longer for his brain to register what he’s perceiving.”

“Severe fatigue exerts a similar influence on the brain to drinking too much. Yet no legal or medical standards exist for identifying overtired drivers on the road the same way we target drunk drivers.”

Certainly, there should be some kind of way to identify an overly tired driver, and one responsible for injuries should definitely be held just as accountable as a drunk driver. In my opinion, it is as just as irresponsible of a decision.


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