Mixing alcohol with cars is deadly. Research shows that alcohol slows reaction times, sends your concentration into freefall and affects ability to judge speed and distance. If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you’re at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been boozing.
“Never drink and drive. If you are out celebrating, use a designated driver, whether that is a taxi, bus or train driver, or a friend who doesn’t drink that evening,” says Formula One star Lewis Hamilton. “Whenever I go out with my friends I’m always happy to be the designated driver. That way I know everyone gets home safely.”
It’s always tempting to drive home after a party; no taxi fare and it’s quicker than the bus. Your mates might be begging you for a lift. You might be promising you can get them home even though you’ve had a few… quite a few. Don’t believe it.
The smartest thing is not to drink a drop when you drive. So, if you’re on a night out, leave the car keys behind. It could mean the difference between life and death.
Police can breathalyse you for alcohol. If you’re caught, you’ll be banned for at least 12 months, fined up to £5000 and face up to six months in prison. It could be fourteen years in prison if you’re convicted of causing death whilst under the influence of drink. A drink drive conviction will stay on your licence for 11 years. And you’ll pay three times as much for insurance.
Remember, you can still be over the limit the morning after a bender. Six coffees and a cold shower doesn’t sober you up; only time does that.
5 x alcopops = 11 hours to be sober
One alcopop or bottle of beer takes two hours to leave your system, with an extra hour needed for alcohol to be absorbed into your blood stream, once you crash into bed.