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  • Don’t drink and ride. Studies have found that riders had consumed alcohol in:
    • Thirty percent of all off-road riding fatalities.
    • Fourteen percent of all reported accidents.
  • Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, affects judgment, and slows reaction time.
  • Alcohol makes it difficult to pay attention, especially to multiple tasks.
  • Most people become slightly intoxicated after only one drink.
  • Over-the-counter drugs, as well as prescription drugs like tranquilizers and barbiturates, have effects similar to alcohol.
  • Marijuana reduces your ability to see at night and slows your reflexes.
  • Amphetamines or cocaine can increase focus temporarily but lead to fatigue when the drug wears off. They also produce mild euphoria, which alters judgment and leads to reckless behavior.
Blood Alcohol Concentration Impairment Chart
When you drink alcohol faster than your body can burn it, the level of alcohol in your bloodstream increases. This level is referred to as Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).