Drinking and driving are extremely dangerous since alcohol reduces all of the important skills you need to drive safely. Alcohol goes from your stomach into your blood and to all parts of your body. It reaches your brain in 20 to 40 minutes. Alcohol affects those areas of your brain that control judgment and skill. In a way, alcohol puts good judgment on hold. Part of that judgment is your ability to know whether you have had too much to drink to drive safely. You don’t know when you have had too much to drink until it’s too late. It’s a little like a sunburn; by the time you feel it, it’s already too late.