Drink-driv­ing at Christ­mas

Woman's Own - - ASK THE DOCTOR -

Q My hus­band is quite a heavy drinker and I know he will be in­dulging over the fes­tive sea­son. He’s pretty good about tak­ing taxis home af­ter a night out but I worry about the morn­ing af­ter, par­tic­u­larly with the Christ­mas drink-drive cam­paign. How much can he safely drink in one evening to be sure he won’t be over the limit in the morn­ing?

A I’m afraid that is a re­ally tricky ques­tion to an­swer, as we all ab­sorb and metabolise al­co­hol dif­fer­ently and even in the same per­son, those rates can vary day to day as there are so many vari­ables. As a rough guide, we metabolise around one unit of al­co­hol per hour. If he is a reg­u­lar drinker, he may break down al­co­hol more quickly, but if he is in any doubt, he should avoid get­ting be­hind the wheel.

Drink­ing heav­ily dur­ing party sea­son may lead to be­ing over the limit the next morn­ing

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