When you drink alcohol, it can affect your cognitive abilities and motor skills. It slows down how fast your body absorbs the alcohol while boating so the effects will hit harder on the boat than they would if you were standing or sitting on land. The more wind there is, the faster that this effect happens because of how much colder air becomes when it blows across water. If you are going to be boating anytime soon, make sure to keep hydrated and wear a life jacket! If you have been drinking for a while before getting in a boat, please wait until at least an hour has passed since the last drink. This will help prevent any accidents from happening due to alcohol.
The effects of alcohol are different on your body while boating! When you drink alcohol, it affects how quickly your brain interprets and reacts to stimuli like light or sound- but this is more noticeable when out on the water than it would be if someone were just sitting at a bar having drinks with friends. Alcohol also slows down how fast your body absorbs the alcohol because the wind blowing over water cools off air which leads to an increase in intoxication as opposed to drinking on land where the air has not changed temperature yet. If you plan to go boating any time soon, make sure that you keep hydrated and wear a life jacket so you can stay safe! Drinking for too long before heading onto the boat will lead to many more drinks than you would have had on land. Drinking also disrupts your sense of balance and can cause dizziness or nausea which is a big problem when trying to operate the boat!
How does the effect of alcohol while boating compare to its effect while on land?
Why does alcohol affect you more on the boat? How do boats make it harder for us to drink responsibly? Boats are much bigger, so there’s less room for error. This means that even if we’re cruising at only five miles per hour- just 20% slower than walking pace- things happen a lot faster in our peripheral vision because with every step someone takes they get closer to something else by about 12 inches (30 cm). Alcohol slows down how our brains and bodies react to what we see, so it’s a lot easier for us to lose our balance when the boat is moving- especially if someone has been drinking.
We also have less space in which get away from people who are overbearing or bothering us, and this means that there can be no escape from conversations with rowdy passengers. Even on boats without dancing – an activity at which alcohol seems to make you better rather than worse! – drinks like cocktails will still knock you off your feet faster because they’re stronger; two drinks instead of one might not seem much but it could well mean that all three hours of the happy hour were wasted before dinner time. A glass of wine is 12% more potent as sea level (Nope, it’s not because of the elevation), making you more likely to become drunk.
Boat drinks are also full strength, which means that a single cocktail can make you feel twice as tipsy and four times as drunk as if it was at ground level. Alcohol is more easily absorbed in your body when on land; this is due to gravity pulling the liquid down into your stomach instead of upwards towards your head like happens on boats where there’s much less space for blood flow, so every sip goes straight to your brain- ugh! Suddenly, dancing with someone doesn’t seem so bad after all.