December 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM

During the Christmas period, it is easy to get carried away with alcohol, what with all the get-togethers, Christmas parties and high spirits. Alcohol has become a big part of celebrating during festivities, which is no problem if you are having a party in your house or are able to walk home, but if you are driving, you should not even think twice about going over the limit.

Drunk drivers are one of the biggest dangers on UK roads, and driving over the limit not only puts your life at risk but also the lives of your passengers and other drivers on the road. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous, and just a few drinks can greatly affect your concentration, vision, reflexes and ability to make quick decisions, even if you are not actually over the legal drink drive limit.

The best ways to enjoy the Christmas season and be able to drink without worrying about stepping over the limit is to hold parties at home or to leave your car at home and book a taxi or make use of public transport. If you have a friend who is not drinking, ask them for a lift.

Remember that alcohol remains in our blood and its affects last many hours. If you are planning to heavily drink in the afternoon, you could still be unfit to get behind the wheel in the evening, and the same applies to drinking in the evening and driving the next morning. You could still be in danger from the affects of alcohol, and if stopped by the police, you could still be over the drink drive limit and test positive.

Knowing your legal drink drive limit depends on age, sex and weight, as well as other factors, such as what you have eaten throughout the day and what kind of alcohol you are drinking. You can find out more details about the legal driving limit on the government website here. This provides a rough guide, but basically, it is impossible to say exactly how many drinks you can drink. Be self-aware and know your own limits.

Remember that the content of alcohol greatly differs depending on what kind of drink you are consuming, and one unit does not have the same equivalence with all kinds of alcohol. This article by the NHS details just how many units are in your glass of wine, beer or shot, and how long the alcohol stays in your blood afterwards. To break down the alcohol in one big glass of wine, for example, takes your body around three hours, while a pint of beer takes just two.

Testing positive could lead to a year's driving ban, up to six months in jail, a big fine and/or a criminal record, or, in the worst case, death. So know your limit's this Christmas. Drink driving is no joke. Be drink smart, and don't get behind the wheel if you have passed the drink drive limit.

Know your limits this Christmas


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