The party season and driving the morning after a big night out

drink driving advice

A lot of people can probably relate to the feeling of drinking rather too much alcohol of an evening and then regretting it the morning after. Waking up nursing a poorly head or feeling queasy isn’t pleasant, but depending on how much you have consumed and how long your body has had to break down the alcohol, it could be a lot more serious than having a glass of water and a couple of paracetamol.

If you have consumed a lot of alcohol, ‘sleeping it off’ may not always be possible in the time available. Your body breaks down approximately one unit per hour (and this can be affected by other factors too, such as your BMI, height, weight and your individual alcohol tolerance). Our drink driving advice is that it is very important that you allow your body sufficient time to break down the alcohol units before getting behind the wheel.

Quite often, motorists who are caught over the drink driving limit in the morning are not repeat offenders or problem drinkers, they are people who have not realised their limits nor fully understood how long it takes to break down alcohol.

Drink driving advice: let common sense prevail

Generally speaking, if you’re drinking late and you have to get up early, you are putting yourself at risk. Try to plan ahead if at all possible; for example, arrange a lift or look at public transport options if you’re planning on consuming alcohol in the evening you have somewhere important to be the next morning. Alternatively, book a taxi. Although the expense might seem indulgent at the time, it is not worth putting others or yourself at risk.

If you’re in any doubt, don’t risk it. Alcohol can affect judgement and the speed of your reactions. Even if it has been a while since you stopped drinking and you’ve managed to get some sleep, if you think there is any chance you’re still over the limit then don’t get behind the wheel of a car. Imagine if you were involved in an accident – regardless of the outcome, you would have to carry the guilt of wondering whether your judgement was impaired even slightly by what you had consumed the night before.