Alcohol is considered a drug. Although some comparisons can be made between alcohol and other drugs, for the most part alcohol is unique. It is a single substance with a simple chemical structure. Its action inside the body is fairly simple and easy to understand. It's rarely used for medical purposes. And, although it's often abused, it's a legal drug usually approved of by society.
Other drugs may include many substances. Most are products of modern chemistry. Their action in the body is usually much more complex than that of alcohol. Unlike alcohol, which "burns off" after being in the blood system for a while, other drugs remain in the body for long periods of time. Sometimes a drug's effects may continue after it can no longer be detected in the blood. In other cases, a drug may be detected in the blood after its action has stopped.
What about prescription drugs?
Illegal drugs are not the only ones that can impair your ability to ride a motorcycle. Many prescription drugs have adverse effects on a motorcyclist's riding skills. Even over-the-counter drugs such as cold tablets and allergy remedies can lessen a cyclist's riding ability.
What are the effects of other drugs?
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