Drinking Over Christmas? Don’t Drive The Morning After

It’s nearly that time of year when we all break up for the Christmas holidays. And you know what that means? Parties, festivities and veritable booze-ups. But that alcohol will linger in our systems for a long time…

Getting Caught Out

What’s Christmas without parties and hearty amounts of beer, wine and liqueurs? Tis the season to be jolly, after all. Most drivers will, quite sensibly, put away their car keys and rely upon designated drivers and taxis over the holidays; although some will certainly let themselves, and other road-users, down. However, warnings are being issued to otherwise law-abiding drivers about accidentally driving over the limit the day after merry-making.

AlcoSense, a breathalyser company, has found that 44% of motorists will drive before 11 am the day after drinking heavily. Over a fifth also said they’d drive before 9 am. Just one in six (17%) said they’d wait until after midday before taking to the wheel. It’s at around this time that alcohol will have left most of our systems if we’d stopped drinking at 1 am. As a result, an exceptionally large amount of us are running the risk of drink-driving. Many of us are unaware that 20% of roadside test failures occur the day after the offender had been drinking. In addition, a third of all tests take place between 7 am and 1 pm. In December 2018, 57,000 tests were carried out; nine percent of these ended in failures.

Widespread Ignorance 

According to AlcoSense’s research, drivers are simply ignorant of the risk factors involved with drinking. A staggering 36% of motorists don’t understand that driving the next day doesn’t instantly make a person alcohol-free. Folk myths are still circulating, too. 49% of respondents felt that a good night’s sleep is sufficient in sobering up. 40% felt that a hearty breakfast would suffice and 24% felt they could rely upon a ‘strong black coffee’ alone. Unfortunately, sleep, food, coffee and cold showers do practically nothing to remove alcohol from our systems. They only things that work are our livers and the time it takes to purge our systems; which is dependent on what we’ve drunk, how much we’ve drunk, our gender, size and metabolisms.

Hunter Abbott, managing director of AlcoSense, offered drivers his own advice. He said, “it takes about an hour to break down one unit of alcohol, and there’s nothing you can do to speed up the rate it leaves your system”. He added, “drivers should either abstain completely or use a personal breathalyser to make sure they’re clear of alcohol the following day”. Personally, we don’t think many people will be too keen on abstinence over the Christmas period. Instead, we think people should rely on designated drivers, public transport or taxi services. It’s a simple formula; if you’re drinking, don’t drive.

Overeating And Driving Is As Dangerous As Drink Driving, According To Research – https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/overeating-and-driving-is-as-dangerous-as-drink-driving-according-to-research/

A Fifth Of Us Will Argue Over Designated Driver Status This Christmas – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/a-fifth-of-us-will-argue-over-designated-driver-status-this-christmas/

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