Be Alcohol Wise This New Year
You can be over the limit to drive on less alcohol than
you may think. If you're out celebrating this New Year, don't drink
if you're driving.
Be safe, avoid alcohol before you drive
The legal limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of
blood. However, it's very difficult to judge when you've reached
The NHS recommends:
- Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a
- Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a
If you've had a heavy drinking session, avoid alcohol for 48
"Regularly" means drinking this amount every day or most days of
Alcohol affects each person differently. Many factors will
influence the level of alcohol in your blood, such as age, weight,
how quickly your body breaks down chemicals, type of drink, the
speed of drinking and the amount that you've eaten.
Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving in a
number of ways, including:
- slower reactions
- increased stopping distance
- poorer judgment of speed and distance
- a reduced field of vision
Alcohol can also make you feel overconfident. This may
make you more likely to take risks when driving, creating
dangerous situations for yourself and other people on the road.
Around half a million breath tests are carried out every year,
so if you drink before you drive you could still get caught, even
if you don't cause an accident.
If you're found guilty of drink driving, you could lose your
licence, get a £5,000 fine, be sentenced to up to six
months in prison, and pay increased rates for your car
- cranberry juice
- orange juice
- one tablespoon of sugar
- a cinnamon stick
- a vanilla pod
- a small piece of fresh ginger
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and warm until the punch
There are plenty of alternatives to drinking and driving that
won't spoil your fun. Why not take turns with your friends or
family members at being the designated driver?
Some pubs offer free soft drinks to the person being 'Des' for
the night. Otherwise, take a taxi or agree in advance to stay at a
friend's house for the night. Make sure you only stay with someone
you know and trust.
If you've spent the evening drinking and you plan to drive the
next day, it's safest to leave at least 12 hours for the alcohol to
leave your system. If you've drunk a lot, you may need even more
You may still be affected by alcohol the morning after. If you
have a hangover, your driving ability may be impaired anyway. If
you're stopped and given a breath test, you will be treated in the
same way as if you were caught the night before.
If you're having a party at home, consider your guests who may
not be drinking alcohol, and make them a non-alcoholic