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Personal breathalysers may give false reassurance to drivers, research shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 23 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7745

Beware of Alcohol

Alcohol is an addictive depressant and social lubricant that tricks and traps us by creating the fleeting euphoria of relaxation and confidence, but the sustained sickness of anxiety and despair. The euphoria of relaxation and confidence, and the sickness of anxiety and despair, are opposites that reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds us to the sickness, and the sickness makes us crave the euphoria. Perversely but predictably, alcohol creates, aggravates, and perpetuates the very sickness of anxiety and despair that it falsely seems to cure, thus placing even social drinking in a bad light.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA