This time of year is spent preparing for Christmas, winding down at work and inevitably attending lots of parties and social get-togethers which include alcohol. It’s so easy to think ‘Oh, I’ll just have the one…’ which then might lead into ‘just one more’ and before you know it, you’re over the driving limit without even meaning to be.
Drink-driving related accidents rise a huge amount at this time of year, and sadly drunk drivers are responsible for thousands of accidents on UK roads every year. 8,000 people were caught drink driving in the UK last Christmas!
Having a good time doesn’t mean having a hangover.
We want you to enjoy your Christmas tipples by all means, but read on to find out a few facts that might make you think, and top tips for enjoying a drink responsibly so you don’t end up adding to the accident statistics of 2017!
The units above are a rough guide so you can monitor what you’re ingesting if you’re down the pub. It’s recommended a woman consumes no more than 3 units, and 4 units for a man, however there are several factors that can impact how much alcohol is absorbed into your blood, which can tip you over the limit even if you’ve drunk less than your friend.
- your weight, age, sex and metabolism
- the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
- what you’ve eaten recently
- your stress levels at the time
Of course there are also times when you might have had a drink and felt you were still okay to drive. If you know what we’re talking about, then read on to find out how alcohol affects your driving, even if you don’t think it is:
- The brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye
- Processing information becomes more difficult
- Instructions to the body’s muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times
- Blurred and double vision may be experienced which affects your ability to see things clearly while driving
- You are more likely to take potentially dangerous risks because you can act on urges you normally repress
So what are the penalties?
If you’re caught driving the next day while still over the limit you’re risking a jail term of 14 years for causing death by careless driving when under the influence. Just being caught over the limit can land you a driving ban, a £2,500 fine and even a short prison term.
So ask yourself, will that one drink be worth it?
Some of our tips for enjoying a drink at Christmas responsibly are:
- If possible, use or order a smaller glass
- Delay your first drink until later in the day/evening
- Pace yourself
- Drink water in between drinks
- Make sure you’ve eaten well before ingesting alcohol
We know this is a bit of a serious post and we’re sorry, but think before you drink this year. Above all though, enjoy yourself. Like our Dad used to say, “You don’t need alcohol to have a good time” 😉