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Effects of binge drinking linger

Heavy drinking adversely affects a person’s performance and perception hours after alcohol has left the body, researchers in Rhode Island said.

Researchers at Brown University recruited 95 healthy adults ages 21 to 35 who had reported having a hangover at least one time within the month before the research began.

The participants were randomly assigned bourbon or vodka and told to drink until their breath tests indicated a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent, well over the legal driving limit for most states, Medpage Today reported Tuesday.

After eight hours of sleep and breakfast, the participants showed poorer performance in simulated driving tests than participants who had consumed only cola with several drops of alcohol the night before.

“We found that people were impaired in their ability to do tasks that require both vigilance and making rapid decisions and that people were not aware that their performance was impaired,” researcher Damaris Rohsenow told Medpage Today.

source: United Press International

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