Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States. On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per occasion than adult drinkers. They are also among the most vulnerable for health risks associated with binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, and drunk driving. If you are an educator charged with educating the youth or other members of your community about the dangers of alcohol abuse, the Fatal Vision® Alcohol Impairment Goggles may help. This educational tool allows you to show participants the real-life risks of alcohol impairment safely through engaging and educational drunk goggles activities, including:
Learn more about each of these drunk goggles activities and how to implement them in your alcohol awareness program below.
Walk the line
This classic drunk goggles activity involves participants trying to walk in a straight line, then take nine heel-to-toe steps, turn, and take nine heel-to-toe steps back. Participants will likely find that this seemingly easy task turns into a difficult one when simulating the impact of alcohol impairment through goggles. While overseeing this alcohol awareness activity, make sure that participants keep their arms at their sides at all times. While one student is trying out the activity, have the others watch and count the steps out loud.
The Line Detector® is a wonderful addition to a walk the line challenge. This programmable speaker plays audio messages and other sound effects whenever a participant steps off the line.
Play a game
Ask participants to play a classic card game, shuffle a deck, or deal a hand of cards. This simple drunk goggles activity will help illustrate some of the primary effects of alcohol impairment including decreased balance, vision, reaction time, and judgment.
Another game that can be used to show how alcohol impacts the ability to accomplish simple tasks is the Smash Match® Impairment Challenge. This timed activity involves participants matching and placing simple traffic-related shapes on the activity mat, first without drunk goggles, and then with them.
Try alcohol awareness activity mats
Raise awareness about the dangers of impairment with the Danger in Every Step (DIES) alcohol awareness activity mats. These large (4’ x 10’ or 4’ x 14’) mats encourage participants to navigate through a room and complete basic tasks while under the simulated effects of alcohol. The DIES® Balcony Danger Mat features a typical house party scene, the DIES® Winding Sidewalk Mat simulates a winding path or sidewalk, and the DIES® Roadside Sobriety Test and Stairs Challenge Mat has a roadside sobriety test along with a set of stairs to navigate.
Perform daily actions
This simple alcohol awareness activity involves asking participants to perform daily tasks such as standing up from a chair, getting a drink, getting money out of their wallets, or navigating to the bathroom – all while wearing drunk goggles. Participants will find that their balance, vision, perception, and judgment has been severely affected by the simulated effects of alcohol impairment.
Use a drunk driving simulator
Our drunk driving simulators show participants how dangerous it is to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Pair our drunk driving goggles with the Fatal Vision Roadster Pedal Kart for an unforgettable hands-on learning experience. This simulator can be safely operated by ages 11 and up and requires manual pedaling. The Roadster drunk driving simulator offers the flexibility of doing off-road demonstrations and uses a smaller operating space than our electric vehicle simulator, SIDNE® (the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience). While SIDNE doesn’t require goggles because it has a built-in impaired simulation mode, it makes an excellent addition to any alcohol awareness program seeking to enhance the experience.
Interested in learning more about the Roadster and SIDNE? Discover which of these drunk driving simulators is right for you on our blog.
Toss a ball
To start this drunk goggles activity, pair up participants, and have them stand about 12 feet apart from each other. Then, have them put on their set of goggles and toss a ball back and forth to each other. Count how often participants fail to catch the ball and compare this to their ability when they are not wearing the drunk goggles. To aid with safety, we recommend using a soft ball like a Nerf® to throw back and forth.
Shoot free throws
Bring participants to a basketball court and ask them to attempt to shoot free throws while wearing the goggles. Then, allow them to shoot without the goggles. Keep score and note how many baskets participants can make unimpaired as compared to those during simulated impairment. At the end, announce the score to participants and ask them to reflect on the experience.
These drunk goggles activities can be successfully used with the Fatal Vision Alcohol Impairment Goggles to safely simulate the harmful effects of alcohol abuse and drunk driving. Head to our website to shop goggles and other alcohol awareness program tools today.
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