Drink driving laws

Drink driving laws - how to stay within them

Any amount of alcohol may inhibit your ability to drive and put you over the drink-drive limit.

The only way to avoid exceeding the legal limit is to avoid alcohol completely both on the day of driving and the night before.

Alcohol remains in different people’s systems for different amounts of time and affects different individuals to differing extents.

A general rule of thumb is that one unit of alcohol stays in the system for one hour, but it can remain in the system substantially longer. Age, gender, weight, what you’ve eaten and even your emotional state can affect how long alcohol remains in your system.

Even people who would never normally deliberately drive whilst under the influence of alcohol can end up on the wrong side of the law and put themselves and others in danger by thinking they will be ok to have just one or two drinks before driving or by failing to recognise the danger of driving the morning (or even day) after drinking.

December sees the number of drink drive related collisions rise and police across the UK increase the number of checks they carry out on drivers in a bid to counter this.

Christmas drinking poses a number of increased risks to individuals and society, on the road and in life as further illustrated in this infographic from addiction advice service Port of Call:

How much damage does Christmas drinking do?
Provided by Port of Call


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