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