Don’t mourn the morning after

If you sink a few pints or glasses of wine in the evening, there’s a good chance you could be over the limit the following morning

You would think the hard hitting adverts and annual campaigns would be enough to make people stop and think about the dangers of drink-driving, but even if you do the right thing and leave the car at home when you go on a night out, there’s still a chance you could be over the limit the morning after.

So, when you’ve watched this video, share it with your friends and family to make sure no one gets caught out this Christmas.

Tim Shalcross (Institute of advanced motorists): The morning after is a problem a lot of people don’t realise, a very substantial proportion of people who are convicted for drink driving over the past couple of years have been convicted for being over the limit between 6 o’clock in the morning and 10 o’clock in the morning.

Hunter Abbott (Managing director, Alcosense): What we do know is that 1 in 5 prosecutions happen the morning after and what is quite shocking is that it’s generally when the police aren’t actually looking for drink drivers it’s when someone gets stopped for an ancillary crimes, maybe speeding etc.

We did a survey about two or three years ago, we questioned a thousand motorists and asked them if they drank “X” and “Y” between these two hours at what time the following day would you feel happy to drive? It came back 51% of those motorists actually got the question wrong and would drive too early i.e. when there’s still alcohol in their system and will be over the limit.

LR: This is the important part, even if you think you’re completely sober and would never dream of drink driving, this is no defence in the eyes of the law. Get caught with too much alcohol in your system and you’re bang to rights.

TS: The penalties for drink driving are severe and quite rightly so. You will lose your licence for at least a year, you will get a hefty fine, when you get your licence back you’ll find it difficult to get insurance, you will have to go through certain specialties and you will pay a great deal of money for it and that will go on for year, after year, after year.

But it’s more than that it’s all the things that depend on you being able to drive for some people that might mean their job is at risk or goes. For other people they might have relatives who depend on them to take them all over the place. That kind of thing is going to be put in jeopardy, all because of one silly decision.

LR: Although the common belief seems to be that getting a few hours sleep is enough to rid your body of alcohol and somehow reset your system back to normal, this sadly just isn’t the case.

HA: The widely excepted average is processing one unit per hour. So for example, if you had four pints of beer in one evening- three units of alcohol per pint, you’re looking at around 12 to 14hours until the alcohol’s cleared from your system.  So if you’ve finished drinking at midnight, you could still easily be over the limit at eleven o’clock the next day. So, it is actually relatively easy to have that happen.

LR: It’s important you keep this in mind, if you’ve done the right thing the night before, you don’t want to pay the price the morning after. So consider this sound advice.

TS: There’s all this stuff about “you can have a pint and a half” No, don’t do it. If you’re going to drive - don’t drink. Then you won’t be convicted of drink -driving and you won’t be putting yourself and other road users at risk.

HA: Any alcohol at all, in your body, will affect your ability to drive.

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