DRINKING AND DRIVING:
What You Need To Know We wish we didn’t need to publish this article, but it remains a crippling problem in our country. What does the law say? What about driving the morning after? Here is everything you need to know about drinking and driving.
Drunk driving remains one of the top killers on our roads and it is proven that, after only one unit of alcohol, your driving is impaired. In fact, your chances of being in an accident are doubled, and when you are at the legal limit, you are four times more likely to be in an accident. So why risk it at all? Our solution: simply do not drink and drive! The problem is that there are too many myths out there and people have this belief that the standard “two beers rule” applies to everyone. It doesn’t. Here’s what you need to know.
What is over the limit?
• According to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA), the legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0,24 mg per 1 000 ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0,05 g per 100 ml.
So how much can you drink before driving?
• As we mentioned, your driving is impaired after only one unit of alcohol, so it is safer to not drink at all if you know you will be driving. But, if you are going to drink and aim to stay under the legal limit, keep the following in mind: • According to the AA, you’re allowed a maximum of one unit per hour, which constitutes 10 ml of pure alcohol for an adult weighing 68 kg. Our bodies can only process one unit of alcohol each hour, so if you weigh less than 68 kg, your body will need more time to process the alcohol.
ONE UNIT EQUATES TO Two thirds of a beer or spirit cooler with 5% alcohol; or 75 ml of red or white wine per hour with an alcohol content of 12% to 14%; or a 25 ml shot of spirit alcohol such as whisky or brandy per hour.