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10.32 Alcohol and Drugs

10.32.2 Explain the effects of alcohol on pilot performance. 

Alcohol can have several negative effects on pilot performance, including:

1. Impaired judgment:

Alcohol can impair a pilot's judgment, making it difficult to make good decisions during flight.

This can lead to poor decision-making, risk-taking behaviour, and other dangerous actions.


2. Decreased reaction time:

Alcohol can also decrease a pilot's reaction time, making it difficult to respond quickly to changing situations during flight.

This can increase the risk of accidents and other dangerous situations.


3. Decreased cognitive function:

Alcohol can impair cognitive function, making it difficult to process information and make quick decisions.

This can be particularly dangerous during critical phases of flight, such as take-off and landing.


4. Decreased coordination:

Alcohol can also impair a pilot's coordination, making it difficult to control the aircraft and perform necessary tasks during flight.


5. Increased risk-taking behaviour:

Alcohol can increase risk-taking behaviour, making it more likely that a pilot will engage in dangerous actions during flight.


10.32.4 Explain the restriction associated with the consumption of alcohol and flying. 

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