The new drink driving limit comes into effect on 5 December – just in time for Christmas party season.
Whereas before most people considered it ‘safe’ to have a glass of wine or a pint of beer and still drive home, this will no longer be the case. The new limit will be 50 milligrams (breath equivalent 22 micrograms) of alcohol per 100 millimetres of blood – down from 80 milligrams (breath equivalent 35 micrograms). There is no ‘drink equivalent’ to this new limit so the only way to stay safe is not to have a drink at all – even one glass of wine could mean you’ve broken the law.
The same goes for the morning after. If you’re in any doubt at all, don’t drive – it can take roughly 10 hours to be alcohol-free after drinking one bottle of wine, or roughly 13 hours to be alcohol-free after drinking four pints of strong lager or ale.
The consequences to drink driving can be very serious, not just through law enforcement but through endangering yourself and other road users.
If you’re going out, and intend to have a drink, find another safe way of getting home. Maybe group together with others to get a taxi, or a lift from a reputable friend (one that hasn’t been out drinking that night!). quite often people are happy to ‘car pool’ with a designated driver. The same goes for the following day – treat yourself to a lazy morning, or a brisk walk out in the fresh air, before attempting to travel. After all, who needs an excuse to relax every now and then!