Effects of Alcohol on Simulated Driving

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 24, 2007
Last Update Posted : April 15, 2008
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Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Brief Summary:
Previous studies have shown that alcohol significantly impairs driving performance. Acute alcohol administration also has a detrimental effect on secondary task performance during dual-tasks. The present study will investigate the effects of five different dosages of ethanol (0,0.2, 0,5, 0,8 and 1,0 % BAC) on performance in a driving simulator. Steering performance and brain activity will be recorded in both single- and dual-task conditions.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcoholism Drug: alcohol Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 32 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effects of Five Dosages of Ethanol on Simulated Driving Performance and Event-Related Potentials
Study Start Date : May 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2008

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: A
alcohol and placebo
Drug: alcohol
alcohol(0.02%, 0.05%, 0.08% and 0.10%) and placebo
Other Name: alcohol(0.02%, 0.05%, 0.08% and 0.10%) and placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Primary parameter of the steering simulator is the standard deviation of the car from the center of the road (steering error). [ Time Frame: 5 testdays ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reaction speed after hearing the deviant target tone. Brain activity: ERPs of interest are the mismatch negativity (MMN), P3a, P3b, and reorienting negativity (RON) [ Time Frame: 5 testdays ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • He/she is aged between 21-50
  • Written informed consent
  • Right-handed
  • Normal static binocular acuity, corrected or uncorrected
  • Normal hearing
  • Social Drinker (average of 7 to 21 alcoholic drinks per week)
  • Possession of a drivers license
  • Be considered as reliable and mentally capable of adhering to the protocol.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current drug use (positive urine drug screen on the presence of amphetamines (including MDMA), barbiturates, cannabinoids, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and opiates)
  • Positive urine pregnancy drug screen in women
  • Use of psychoactive medication
  • Positive alcohol breath test
  • Prior enrolment in the same study
  • Physical or mental illness
  • Excessive alcohol use (>21 alcoholic drinks per week)
  • Excessive smoking (more than 10 cigarettes per day)
  • Intake of caffeine-containing beverages over 5 glasses per day

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00477984

Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Utrecht, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Principal Investigator: Joris C Verster, PhD Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Study Director: Edmund R Volkerts, PhD Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Responsible Party: Joris Verster, Utrecht University Identifier: NCT00477984     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-221/O
First Posted: May 24, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 15, 2008
Last Verified: April 2008

Keywords provided by Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences:
social drinkers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs