Drink driving & the morning after


It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body.

On average it takes around one hour per unit of alcohol, though this can vary depending on a number of factors.

Because of this, there is a real risk that people who would not dream of driving after drinking may still be unwittingly over the drink drive limit the morning after.

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

Here are a couple of facts about drink driving and the ‘morning after’:

  • In 2012, drink driving accounted for around 13% of all road deaths, 6% of all killed and seriously injured casualties and 5% of all reported road casualties (DfT stats).
  • In 2011 more people failed breath tests between the hours of 6am and 11am than during the hour before or after midnight (ACPO).

We’re not saying ‘don’t drink’, but we are saying ‘don’t drink anything if you are driving’ and ‘don’t drink heavily if you have to drive the following morning’.

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