Getting drunk is a common occurrence for many people. In 2015, results from the United States’ National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 86.4 percent of adults (aged 18 or older) reported that they’ve drunk alcohol at some point in their life, 70.1 percent had had a drink in the last year, and 56 percent had a drink in the last month.
Drinking can be fun but should always be done in a safe environment. In the United States, an estimated 88,000 people (estimated 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually. This places alcohol as the third leading preventable cause of death in America.
What are Drunk Goggles?
Drunk goggles are a device used to simulate the same effects of impairment. When people put on a pair of drunk goggles, they may experience:
- Visual distortion
- Alteration of depth and distance perception
- Reduction of peripheral vision
- Double vision
This results in individuals having
- Reduced alertness
- Slowed reaction time
- Poor judgment
- Poor decision making
- Lack of muscular coordination
These are all of the symptoms you would experience when you’re intoxicated.
The drunk goggles use vision distorting lenses to create the effect of being intoxicated. Many drunk goggles will have varying levels of alcohol concentration configurations. Individuals wearing drunk goggles can experience what it’s like to to have a low Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) from 0.04 to extremely high levels of impairment, such as 0.35.
What do Drunk Goggles Do?
Alcohol has been proven to slow down your reaction time, make you less coordinated, impair your vision, and make it harder to think clearly and make good decisions. When you are drunk, your brain function is impaired. Alcohol influences our judgment and can cause us to make unsound decisions. It is important to learn how being drunk can impact us so that we avoid making unsafe decisions in the future.
Drunk goggles mimic what it’s like to be drunk, and help individuals understand (when they’re in a sober state of mind) how being drunk affects their body and brain. They are ideal to use as a tool in school or community alcohol awareness programs.
You can have individuals put on the drunk goggles and attempt to accomplish simple tasks such as walking in a line, picking up coins, or setting objects on a table. This will create a lasting impact on participants on just how drinking can impact their judgement.
Some individuals don’t take drinking and driving seriously. Every day in America, another 30 people die as a result of a drinking and driving incident. That is one person every 48 minutes. It’s so important to reduce these statistics by educating people about the dangers of drinking and driving. Drunk goggles are an effective tool for doing just that.
A lesser known fact is that drunk walking is also dangerous for individuals. In 2011, the Department of Transportation reported that over one-third of pedestrians that were killed in car accidents have alcohol in their systems. When participants use the drunk goggles and see that they are unable to even walk a straight line, it can help them to understand how even drunk walking can be dangerous.
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