AAA warns against driving hungover this coming New Year’s

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Ahead of the coming New Year’s celebration, AAA East Central wishes to remind the public about the dangers of not just driving under the influence but also driving with a hangover.

Time is the only thing that can sober up a person, specifically “between 75-90 minutes or longer for the body to eliminate the alcohol contained in one standard-sized drink.”

“Driving hungover can be just as dangerous as driving after having a few drinks,” said Jim Garrity, director of public affairs, AAA East Central. “After a night of drinking, many people will wake up with alcohol still in their blood, or they will wake up tired and disoriented.”

Symptoms of a hangover can last 24 hours or longer. As the body’s blood alcohol concentration reaches zero, the symptoms of a hangover peak, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Risks of Driving Hungover:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Poor or decreased sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Vertigo
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Increased blood pressure

“We wouldn’t advise that anybody drives with any of these symptoms, regardless of whether they are recovering from a night of celebrating or not,” said Garrity.

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