Bad Hangovers Can Make Dangerous Drivers Says Study

Mon 27th Aug 2018

If you are suffering from a seriously bad hangover after partying too hard this Bank Holiday, you may want to think twice before getting behind the wheel of your car says a new study.

Researchers at the University of Bath have found that hangovers can lead to poor concentration, decreased memory and reduced reaction times, in the 24 hours after an evening of heavy drinking.

Whilst often drivers wait until they believe that they have no alcohol in their system before driving, the new study suggests that a further period of non-driving may be required.

"In our review of 19 studies we found that hangover impaired psychomotor speed, short and long-term memory and sustained attention,” lead author Craig Gunn said.

"Impaired performance in these abilities reflects poorer concentration and focus, decreased memory and reduced reaction times the day after an evening of heavy drinking.

"Our review also indicated limited and inconsistent research on alcohol hangover and the need for future studies in the field.”

The research is also revealing stark truths about the danger of the effects of alcohol in the working environment. Whilst many places have policies related to alcohol intoxication in the workplace, there are few rules regarding hangovers.