British scientists: thirsty and driving as dangerous as drunk driversOctober 14, 2018
You suddenly notice that you have made small but potentially dangerous mistakes on the road. And it seems to have slept, and you feel fine, but something is still wrong! Maybe the fact that you are thirsty?
In this case, it’s not about alcohol, but about your water balance. The water balance of a person is a very important factor that should not be neglected, because the fluid is the basis of any cell. Scientists from Loughborough University conducted a study to determine the effect of dehydration on human reactions.
The test participants were first given 200 ml of liquid per hour, and on the day of the test they received only 25 ml of water in the same period of time. It turned out that in the first case, the subjects made an average of 47 minor errors at the wheel, and when they were dehydrated, they made 101 mistakes, which looks like they were under the influence of alcohol.
When the body is dehydrated, the person thinks worse, he becomes drowsy and apathetic, which leads to annoying errors, for example, skipping the desired turn or exit on the highway. More than 90% of the world’s accidents occur due to human error, and dehydration often becomes a concomitant factor for such errors, because thirst obscures the brain at a time when you need to be extremely collected and attentive.
To maintain the water balance in the body, scientists advise, always keep a bottle of water on hand in your car and drink in small sips. At the same time, coffee and cola do not replace water, experts insist.