Al­co­hol still por­tent the morn­ing after

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UK Re­search by road safety char­ity Brake found that one in five driv­ers ad­mit to driv­ing the after ex­ces­sive drink­ing.

“The re­search sug­gests that peo­ple aren’t aware that sleep­ing doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally mean that you’re no longer af­fected by the al­co­hol that you drank.

It can stay in your sys­tem for be­tween 8-10 hours,” ex­plains 1st for Women In­surance’s Ex­ec­u­tive Head, Robyn Far­rell.

In South Africa, drunk driv­ers cause half of all road ac­ci­dents. The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion claims that close to be­tween 20 000 to 25 000 die each year in drunk driv­ing ac­ci­dents.

Last fes­tive sea­son alone over 1 300 peo­ple died on our roads.The UK study re­vealed that driv­ers might choose to ig­nore the ef­fects of al­co­hol the morn­ing after.

“For ex­am­ple, if you’re drink­ing un­til 3am and then drive to the gym at 8am, some of the six or seven units you drank will still be in your body when you start your day,” ex­plains Far­rell, adding, “your body can only process about one unit an hour.

Whether it’s okay to drive the morn­ing after the night be­fore de­pends how much you had to drink.

And whether you’ve left enough time for your body to get rid of the al­co­hol in your blood­stream.

“In gen­eral, al­co­hol is re­moved from the blood at the rate of about one unit an hour.

How much food you’ve eaten; the state of your liver and your metabolism also make a dif­fer­ence,” says Far­rell.

Follow th­ese guide­lines to avoid driv­ing while you’re still over the limit:Know your units.

Con­sider how much al­co­hol you had, and how late into the night it was be­fore you fin­ished your last drink.

The le­gal limit is a breath al­co­hol con­tent of 0,24mg per 1000ml, or a blood al­co­hol limit of 0,05g per 100ml.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the strength of dif­fer­ent drinks can vary greatly.

Our le­gal limit is equal to two thirds of a beer or spirit cooler with 5 per­cent al­co­hol con­tent; 75ml of red or white wine per hour with an al­co­hol con­tent of 12 per­cent to 14 per­cent; up to one 25ml tot of whiskey or brandy per hour. Some beers may be 3,5 per­cent, but stronger lagers might be five per­cent or even six per­cent.

The rule of thumb is a max­i­mum of one unit of al­co­hol per hour, which con­sti­tutes 10ml of pure al­co­hol, based on an adult weigh­ing 68kg.

Our bod­ies can process only one unit of al­co­hol each hour. But, if you weigh less than 68kg, your body will need more time to process the same amount of al­co­hol.

There’s no fail-safe way to guar­an­tee that all the al­co­hol you’ve drunk has left your sys­tem, so it’s im­por­tant not to take risks.

Drink within the lower risk guide­lines the night be­fore.

Opt for lower strength drinks and sin­gle spirit mea­sures rather than dou­bles.

Al­ter­nate the al­co­holic drinks you do have with soft drinks or wa­ter.

Stop drink­ing al­co­hol well be­fore the end of the night so your body has time to process the al­co­hol be­fore the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

— Al­l4­women.

The study re­vealed that driv­ers might choose to ig­nore the ef­fects of al­co­hol the morn­ing after.

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