The days are getting longer and warmer. Many of us are taking the opportunity to have a drink outside the pub on the way home from work, or perhaps visiting a country inn after an evening stroll. We’re all well aware of the perils of drink-driving, both in terms of safety and the punishments and stigma that follow a conviction. So we act appropriately, either abstaining from alcohol, getting someone who hasn’t had a drink to drive home, or simply not getting behind the wheel that night. But what about when you knocking a few back and then drive the morning after? Did you know almost 20% of drink-driving offences are committed the morning after? We asked Debbie Bannigan, chief executive of national alcohol and drug recovery charity Swanswell, to explain why drinkers need to exercise extreme caution to avoid being convicted the morning after the night before… “I’ve only been stopped by the police once.” This is what a colleague said to me the other day. It was over 20 years ago but she could tell you exactly which bit of road it was on as she can still clearly picture seeing those blue lights behind her. You know that movie moment of looking in the mirror and seeing the policeman walk towards the car, heart rate rising, panic about what you’ve done? That’s what she felt. Apparently she was on her way home from work after a late shift – but had nipped into the pub before getting in the car. So when he pulled her over there was a moment of panic about why. We joked about her having to walk lines and touch her nose. The daft thing was, she knew she was absolutely fine because she’d only had an orange juice. Turned out she had a broken headlight.