Accession Number:

AD0729835

Title:

Alcohol and Disorientation-Related Responses. IV. Effects of Different Alcohol Dosages and Display Illumination on Tracking Performance During Vestibular Stimulation,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA

Report Date:

1971-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

A previous CAMI laboratory investigation showed that alcohol impairs the ability of men to suppress vestibular nystagmus while visually fixating on a cockpit instrument, thus degrading visual tracking performance eye-hand coordination during angular acceleration. Reduced display illumination, independently, has also been shown to degrade tracking performance during vestibular stimulation. The present study investigated the way in which low and moderate dosages of alcohol and two levels of instrument-display illumination combined to affect tracking performance a in a static no motion environment, and b in a dynamic whole-body motion environment. Mean blood alcohol levels as low as .027 per cent significantly decreased P.05 tracking performance during whole-body motion, yet caused little change in performance in a stationary environment. Impairment was much more pronounced with dim display lighting 0.1 ft-L than with bright lighting 1.0 ft.-L. These results suggest that serious problems may be encountered by the pilot who drinks even lightly and who considers flying, especially at night. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE