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How to Avoid the Drinking Drama

Hello all!  It’s me again, your very lovable Gadget Gandhi.

I read a post on my Face Book page that caught my attention this morning.  It was a male friend inviting anyone who was interested to an Anti- Valentine’s Day Party last night.  He had quite a few responses to his invitation.  I think Valentine’s Day is truly a hard day to be single.  Sometimes it’s a hard day to be married too.  I do appreciate his good humor and his invitation to all the lonely hearts (and some not so lonely) on that day.  I’m sure all that attended had a fantastic time.  I wish I could have attended.  I love a party. LOL

It gave me an idea for a blog on Breathalyzers.  I want all those people out there to be safe and avoid the drinking drama.  I know first hand how 1 drink becomes 2, 2 drinks become 3 and the next thing you know someone’s buying  a round of shots.  I get it!  It’s very easy to enjoy “Happy Hour” (2 hours, 3 hours …)  with your friends.  I have enclosed photos of my 2  favorite breathalyzer by Domaine Consumer Goods.  I carry it in my pocket when out.

Stay Safe Rescue- FDA approved – MSRP $54.99

Stay Safe Advantage- MSRP $34.99

The goal here is to be safe.  If you have a breathalyzer in your pocket, it will give you a guideline of how well your really doing.   The most important thing is to NEVER, EVER DRIVE while drinking and to keep your drinking at safe levels.  There are many worse things that can happen beyond a hangover.

I found a great website that gave all kinds of information on the effects of drinking. I have posted information from the site below.   There is a link to the site on my links to the right.

The Effects Of Alcohol On The Body

Alcohol acts primarily on the nerve cells within the brain by interfering with communication between nerve cells and all other cells, suppressing the activities of excitatory nerve pathways and increasing the activities of inhibitory nerve pathways.

Alcohol enhances the effects of inhibitory neurotransmitters like GABA, and weakens the effects of excitatory neurotransmitters like Glutamine. Enhancing an inhibitor, or weakening an excitor, will have the external effect of making the person sluggish, which matches the behavior you see in a drunk person, and slowing down the overall functioning and reflex responses of the body.

The body responds to alcohol in stages, which correspond to an increase in BAC:

BAC (%) Stage Clinical Symptoms
0.01 – 0.05 Subclinical Behavior basically normal by ordinary observation.
0.03 – 0.12 Euphoria Mild euphoria, sociability, talkativeness, increased self-confidence; decreased inhibitions. Diminution of attention, judgment and control. Beginning of sensory-motor impairment. Loss of efficiency in finer performance tests.
0.09 – 0.25 Excitement Emotional instability; loss of critical judgment. Impairment of perception, memory and comprehension. Decreased sensatory response; increased reaction time. Reduced visual acuity; peripheral vision and glare recovery. Sensory-motor in coordination; impaired balance. Drowsiness.
0.18 – 0.30 Confusion Disorientation, mental confusion; dizziness. Exaggerated emotional states. Disturbances of vision and of perception of color, form, motion and dimensions. Increased pain threshold. Increased muscular in coordination; staggering gait; slurred speech. Apathy, lethargy.
0.25 – 0.40 Stupor General inertia; approaching loss of motor functions. Markedly decreased response to stimuli. Marked muscular incoordination; inability to stand or walk. Vomiting; incontinence. Impaired consciousness; sleep or stupor.
0.35 – 0.50 Coma Complete unconsciousness. Depressed or abolished reflexes. Subnormal body temperature. Incontinence. Impairment of circulation and respiration. Possible death.
0.45 + Death Death from respiratory arrest.

By all, I hope you find this good information and I will be posting soon!!!

Why Do People Drink and Drive?

FDA Approved Stay Safe Rescue

It’s me again, Laurie, the gadget Gandhi of consumer products.

This product review brought me down a different path than usual. It is an item that I think should be something that we should all think about. SERIOUSLY. My product for today is the “Stay Safe Rescue” Breathalyzer.

I hate to bring up stuff that is depressing, as I myself always try to keep a positive outlook on life. You know, best foot forward. But I came across this horrible news story this week that I thought I should share as I feel it relates to this product review.

An unfortunate young woman who was riding on the back of a motorcycle around 3am had fallen off the bike and died. What a horrible story, right? The young man who was driving the bike had told police that he had previously left a bar with the young women. He knew the women’s first name only as he had just met her that night. Police were working on trying to identify her. Now, is that not a horrible situation?

So here is where I have issue. If you were intoxicated or even a little tipsy, why would you get on the back of a motorcycle? I’m not fond of being on the back of a bike sober, so I could never fathom getting on the back of a bike after having a few cocktails. I would consider that action insane!

I consider myself a social person. I am regularly attending some sort of social event, may it be a cookout, cocktail party, bridal shower or whatever. What I can attest too is there is usually alcohol served at all these functions. The thing that astounds me the most is how many people insist, after having a few cocktails, that they are OK to drive. You don’t have to be falling down drunk to be over the legal limit to drive. So, how do you know for sure when your friend has or has not had too much to drink? Well, I came across this product that will put an end to the guessing. ReSource Inc. has developed an FDA Approved Alcohol Breathalyzer called Stay Safe Rescue.

The Stay Safe Rescue is small enough to fit in your purse or tuck away in your pocket. You simply press the CAL button on the front. The unit will count down from 5 to 0 with WAIT flashing on the display. While the 0 stays on the display, you blow into the inhaler for 3-4 seconds. Simple as that, now you have a reference. (I would recommend 2 readings to get an average) Use this product only as a reference as all items have their margin of error. It will however give you a reference to think about prior to doing anything stupid like driving. Most people do not realize that more than 1 drink per hour will put you over the legal limit for driving. Men also metabolize alcohol faster than women.  Sorry  girls, it’s a fact, the alcohol effects us faster.

The item retails for $54.99 and is well worth the investment for anyone with a social life. They have a cheaper item, Stay Safe Advantage, for $34.99. The Stay Safe Advantage does not have FDA approval. I would truly recommend owning this item. I always recommend to Stay Safe.

These products will be release in 2010. I will keep you posted on where to buy as soon as they are released.

Feel free to leave me a comment.

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