Alcohol retards visual recovery from glare by hampering target acquisition

Robert Sekuler, Rodger D. MacArthur

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Abstract

ADAMS and Brown1 showed that relatively small doses of alcohol produced "large, significant, dose-related increases in the time required to recover foveal contrast sensitivity following bright light exposure". As this effect of alcohol may be directly related to industrial and to car driving safety2, we set out to ascertain its precise origin. Adams and Brown concluded tentatively that the alcohol exerted its effect at the retinal level. The experiments presented here, however, implicate non-retinal mechanisms, as alcohol delays recovery from glare only when observers have difficulty localising or fixating the test stimulus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-429
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume270
Issue number5636
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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