Air Travel Safety Vs Drinking :
| Most people feel relaxed, happy and less self-controlled after one or two drinks, they may not appear drunk, but they may have already lost some of their coordination skills. Drinking more alcohol will affect speech.
Balance and vision is also affected. Since alcohol lowers inhibitions, some people may become hostile or depressed. Instances of air-rage has been attributed to consumption of alcohol and though there are differing opinions about it, alcohol whether consumed on the ground before travel or during the flight is generally accepted as one of the major factors in air-rage. A study in the June 2004 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research finds that a person's inability to control the outward expression of their anger plays a key role in alcohol-related aggression. There have been several instances when a passenger has gone berserk in the aircraft and ended up causing harm to himself and fellow passengers. In one case, the passenger urinated in mid aisle and caused considerable disruption in the air.
Alcohol can contribute towards dehydration, and to make matters worse, the air in the aircraft is very dry. Dehydration and the higher level of carbon dioxide in the cabin can easily exacerbate headaches, sluggishness, light-headedness, sore throats, coughing, dry lips, and dry or watery eyes. Since alcohol lowers inhibitions, some people may become hostile or depressed. Drinking a large amount of alcohol may result in loss of consciousness breathing may stop and death can result. Alcohol is not safe to use when taking other drugs. Even a small amount of alcohol can change the effect of drugs that may otherwise safe, and while in the aircraft, with little or no medical help available, this could prove to be very dangerous.