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.

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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.

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