Four out of five drivers suspect they are still over the limit the morning after a night of heavy drinking, but still get behind the wheel. Many would think again if they realised the risk they are taking with their own and other people’s lives.
The maximum legal blood alcohol content for drivers in the UK is 80 milligrams. It can take up to 12 hours for this to drop enough to drive after drinking either one bottle of wine or four pints of strong lager. Estimates suggests each unit of alcohol takes up to an hour for the body to process, but alcohol affects people in different ways so always use your own judgement. Always allow time for any alcohol to work its way out of your system before attempting to drive.
Slower reactions, poorer judgement and a reduced field of vision impact those who drive whilst drunk. Drink-drive related crashes cause around 3,000 deaths or serious injury on the road every year, with one in six of all road deaths finding their origins in alcohol.
The British Medical Association’s (BMA) research suggests that drivers with a blood alcohol content ranging between 50mg and 80mg, within the legal limit, are the hidden cause of many crashes. As the Christmas party season approaches officials fear that death toll on Britain’s roads will rise. Police campaigns have begun to target morning-after drivers. If you are stopped and test positive on the Electronic Screening Device (ESD) you will be treated in the same way as a normal drink-driver.
You will be treated exactly the same way as a knowingly drunk driver if found with to be above the limit, which means you will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, which could have disastrous effects on your life. Don’t put yourself at risk if you know you have to travel the next morning.