Driving is a task that should demand our full attention. Alcohol and other drugs can seriously impair our ability to concentrate and our ability to physically control a vehicle while driving.
Over the years drinking and driving has become more socially unacceptable than it was in the past but despite an increased awareness of the dangers, nearly one in six road deaths involves a driver who is over the legal alcohol limit.
You may still be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink and time is the only way you can get alcohol out of your system. Sleep, coffee and a large cooked breakfast do not sober you up.
When asked what is a unit of alcohol most people will state half a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a measure of spirit, but unfortunately it isn’t quite as simple as that.
A unit of alcohol is defined as the volume of alcohol that the body can process and remove from the system in one hour. But even that is not straightforward as every body will process alcohol at different rates depending on size, age, fitness levels etc
In general terms however, the facts are:
REMEMBER THERE IS NO SAFE LIMIT SO DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
Taking drugs doesn’t just refer to illegal narcotics. Some prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines can have an effect on the skills needed to drive safely. These effects can include drowsiness and impaired judgement.