FLIGHT TIME, FUN TIME: ALCOHOL AND ITS EFFECT ON FLYING

FLIGHT TIME, FUN TIME: ALCOHOL AND ITS EFFECT ON FLYING
June 10, 2019 MAMAN

There are so many ways to make your flight interesting and enjoy your time in the air. It could be reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music or sipping on some bubbly, now that’s where things get interesting.

You might be getting bored while waiting for your flight, perhaps you just want to chill, or you’re offered a welcome drink shortly after takeoff. It’s not just a great way to pass time but also to relax. It’s only fair you have a drink to ease the discomfort of being strapped to a chair for many hours, but how wise is this decision?

When you take alcohol, it takes about 30 to 60 minutes to reach its maximum effect but it takes about 3 hours for the effects for one ounce of alcohol to wear off. Your blood alcohol content increases as you drink and this can cause a series of event that lead to misbehaviour and dehydration.

Now let’s take it up, what happens when you drink just before or during your flight?
A lot of people have argued that the high altitude increases the effects of alcohol on a person while some believe it doesn’t. Experiments carried out in 1970’s and 1985 by the FAA disproved the notion that altitude affects intoxication. Still, it does not deny the fact that people feel a lot drunker in air than on ground. This is as a result of several conditions.

Firstly, the decrease in pressure at high altitude makes it difficult for your body to take in oxygen. This causes a lightheadedness, this feeling is called hypoxia and it makes you feel drunker. Also, the air in the cabin is dry and increases the dehydration causing hangovers to feel a lot worse. These can make you feel way impaired in air than on ground.

Such impairments can make you aggressive and a great discomfort for other passengers and the cabin crew. Therefore, I would advise you lay off the alcohol before or during your flight. Even if you should, please keep it to a minimum for your own good and the good of others. Drink plenty of water and stay away from salty foods.

If you are too intoxicated to fly, you can be forced to miss your flight and take another one when you are less intoxicated.

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