Important Tips On Festive Drinking

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You could be over the limit to drive on less alcohol than it may seem. If you’re out celebrating over the festive period, don’t drink if you’re driving.

Be safe, avoid alcohol before you decide to 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 that limit.

Alcohol affects each person differently. Many factors will influence the level of alcohol in your blood, such as age, weight, how quickly your body fails chemicals, form of drink, the rate of drinking and the amount that you’ve eaten.

Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving in many ways, including:

slower reactions

increased stopping distance

poorer judgment of distance and speed

a reduced field of vision

Alcohol also can make you feel overconfident. This may cause you to more likely to take risks when driving, creating dangerous situations for yourself as well as other people on the road.

If you drink before you drive you could get caught, even if you don’t cause an accident, around half a million breath tests are carried out annually, so.

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 vehicle insurance.

Designated driver

Non-alcoholic punch

cranberry juice

orange juice

one tablespoon of sugar

a cinnamon stick

a vanilla pod

a small part of fresh ginger

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and warm until the punch gently simmers

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 towards the person being ‘Des’ to the night. Otherwise, take a taxi or agree in advance to stay at a friend’s house to the night. Make sure you only remain with someone you know and trust.

It’s safest to have at least 12 hours for your alcohol to depart your system if you’ve spent the evening drinking and you plan to drive the next day. If you’ve drunk a lot, you may want even more time.

You might still be afflicted with 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.

Consider your guests who may not be drinking alcohol, and make them a non-alcoholic cocktail., if you’re having a party at home.