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Think! Are you REALLY safe to drive the morning after?

by Lisa Bennett

During the festive season, we’re all being reminded of the risk of driving the morning after drinking alcohol.

Whilst the vast majority of us wouldn’t consider driving after drinking alcohol on a night out, have you ever got into a car to drive the next morning, without knowing whether you were really safe to do so?

It takes a lot longer than most of us think for alcohol to pass through the body – on average, about one hour per unit of alcohol, though this can vary depending on a number of factors.

So, while you might not normally dream of driving after drinking, you may be running the real risk that you get in the car the next morning and are still over the legal limit.

How long after drinking will I be safe to drive?

Data from the Governments THINK! Campaign, published in December 2015 revealed that in 2013 an estimated 740 reported drink drive collisions took place in the morning and around 5,500 people fail breath tests between 6am and midday every year.

This includes people going about everyday activities such as driving to work, popping to the shops or doing the school run.

The Morning After campaign, which has been running for several years, is designed to help normally responsible people avoid the risk of a drink drive conviction – or worse still, cause a collision or casualties while ‘over the limit’ – by highlighting how long it takes for alcohol to pass through the body.

Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely, the best advice is not to drink anything if you are driving and don’t drink heavily of you have to drive the following day.

Although it varies from person to person, the following is a guide to how much time you may need to allow before you pick up those car keys:

Visit morning –after.org.uk or download the app for more information.