Alcohol has become a big part of our celebrations especially when it comes to Christmas. If you are drinking this Christmas, then you should not be behind the wheel of a car. If you are caught driving while under the influence you could lose your license, be fined up to £5000, given a 6 month sentence in prison and you may also pay an increased rate on your car insurance.
The NHS give advice on the amount of alcohol that should be consumed. The NHS say that a man should not regularly drink any more than 3 – 4 units of alcohol a day and a woman should not regularly drink more than 2- 3 units of alcohol a day. When driving under the influence of alcohol, you can be influenced in a few different ways such as: slower reactions, increased stopping distance, poorer judgement of speed and distance and a reduced field of vision. Alcohol can also give you a feeling of overconfidence which may in turn cause you to take risks that could harm other people.
If you’re going out to celebrate this Christmas, have a designated driver or a location within walking distance that you can sleep at so that you avoid driving. Some pubs offer free soft drinks to the designated driver. Another way to avoid getting into trouble is to have a taxi number saved into your phone ready so that you can have easy access to a lift home without driving yourself.
Depending on the amount that you have had to drink, it is best to leave yourself 12 hours for the alcohol to leave your system. If you have had a lot to drink, you may need to leave yourself a bit longer. If you are hung over and pulled over for a breath test, you can be treated the same as a drink driver even though you have slept as the alcohol hasn’t left your system.