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