reply to post by Totalstranger
I didn't actually say hangovers make you a worse driver. I was speaking of a person at a workplace, but I suppose if one were true, so would be the
other. So, I did a little searching. I used hyperbole - confessed. But there is some research to suggest cognitive effect, and more research about
the overall harm that hangovers cause society. See below:
"Research shows that hangovers actually encourage more drinking (for example, the “eye-opener”, “hair of the dog”, the morning Bloody Mary,
etc.). Plus, hangovers have staggering economic and societal consequences, as well. In addition to the fact that hangovers actually promote further
drinking, the research study points out that $148 billion is lost in the workplace yearly in America due to hangovers (an average of $2,000 per
Closer to home for Dr. Wiese, a study of college students revealed that, “25% of college students reported experiencing a hangover in the previous
week and 29% reported losing school time for hangover recovery. Even more important, the study shows that people with a hangover experience diminished
cognitive abilities that “may pose a substantial threat to themselves and others, despite having a normal blood alcohol level.” The research also
points out that, “ depression and other psychological disorders are more common in patients with hangover. And, hangover may also be an independent
risk factor for cardiac death in patients with cardiac risk factors or coronary artery disease.”
Here's one involving pilots - albeit a flawed study.
In general, there just isn't a ton of good research on the direct effects. But I'd also like to see the study demonstrating that using pot on a
weekend leads to being a danger at work during the week.
When I spoke of driving, I was speaking of fatigue.
(gotta scroll way down to see it)
"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of
driver fatigue each year, resulting in an estimated 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses."
Interesting to note, we know that alcohol consumption disturbs REM sleep, and leads to lower glucose levels the next day - 2 factors known in increase
So, why harsh on the people who use a substance that has never been linked to the myriad health and social problems like alcohol has? It's a sort of
prejudice, really, based on.... I know not what.