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Top 4 Reasons To Not Drink And Drive

Top 4 Reasons To Not Drink And Drive

According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), someone is injured in a drunk driving accident every 2 minutes in the United States. It can only be assumed that in bigger cities and tourist traps the number is much higher than average. Most offenders don’t set out looking to harm others, they simply are too inebriated to judge their own abilities. However, that inebriation can be extremely harmful to the people around you, and that is just one reason why it is essential that you never drink and drive. Here are a few other reasons one should not drink and drive.

Abilities Become Impaired

Alcohol is a depressant. That is to say, alcohol slows down a person’s reaction time. Thus, you cannot respond appropriately to driving hazards while drunk. Even if you’ve only had a couple of drinks your blood alcohol level can be much over the legal limit. However, you may not notice that you are too drunk to drive, because alcohol also slows down your judgement. That is something super dangerous and scary, especially on the road. If you were to get in an accident you could spend a lot of time in jail and get a hefty fine. There is no way to cover up being drunk. Time is the only thing that can sober a person. No amount of coffee or cold showers will help you pass a breathalyzer.

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It’s Not Just You

It’s easy to disregard your own safety. After all, you’ve kept yourself alive for how long now? However, could you ever forgive yourself if you injured another person? A child? That would be such a terrible thing to remember and deal with your whole life. It just isn’t worth it. Staying off the roads while you are drunk is essential to not only keeping yourself safe, but also keeping the people around you safe. While you are intoxicated your judgement is impaired and there is no way to really know what you are doing. In order to keep yourself and those around you safe it is a good idea to always have a responsible and sober party with you whenever you drink that way you can be sure to avoid any accidents.

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It’s Expensive

Even if no one gets hurt, a DUI is expensive for years to come. Though it differs from state to state, a DUI will stay on your record for several years costing you not only a ticket, fines, jail time, and insurance, but possibly the loss of your license. This is something that can even cause you to lose your job and without work, it’s hard to pay fines that accrue interest. Not to mention that those you injure or disturb can always hire an attorney, such as a Drunk Driver Accident Attorney that specializes in drunk driving accidents. If you’re planning a vacation, just be sure to be smart and avoid trouble.

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There’s no Need

There’s no reason to drive drunk, especially when you are putting yourself and others in danger. It’s as simple as calling an Uber, or hailing a cab the old fashioned way. You don’t even have to designate a sober driver anymore, they are everywhere and at your fingertips! Why risk your job, your reputation, your life, and worst of all, the lives of others when so many resources are available? Always be with a sober friend when you drink, or just don’t do it!!

Overall, just be smart! If you’ve had even a single drink, call a driver to take you where you need to go. The only acceptable number of drunk driving accidents is zero!

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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