Thursday, 20 December 2012

Drink Driving - Be Aware Of The Limit

Recent studies have suggested that young drivers are still taking risks with drink-driving. Unfortunately this can lead to accidents that result in serious injuries, fatalities and loss of driving licence if you're caught.

However, a recent study by RED driving school has revealed that many young drivers simply are not aware of the legal drink drive limit. This suggests that the issue is more of a lack of education / understanding than it is attitude. For more information on this please read "Young Drivers Unaware Of Drink Drive Limit."

So what is the drink drive limit? Well in the UK the legal drink drive limit is:

• 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or
• 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or
• 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

Unfortunately to the average person on the street this probably doesn't make a lot of sense - especially since this information cannot be safely converted into alcohol units.

But why is this the case? 

Well a number of factors can affect how much alcohol is found in the breath, blood or urine, including:

• Metabolism - i.e. how quickly your body absorbs the alcohol into the blood stream

• Body Mass - i.e. someone with a smaller body mass will probably absorb the alcohol quicker than a larger person.

• Gender – whilst this may sound sexist it is a fact that women tend to be more affected by drinking alcohol than men due to the fact that they tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men. Since fat cannot absorb alcohol, it is concentrated at higher levels in the blood.

• How much you've eaten - if you've eaten little prior to having a drink the alcohol gets absorbed quicker - possibly resulting in feeling the effects faster.

So what is the message? How much can you drink?

Our advice – if you’re planning on driving then don’t drink since it’s really not worth the risk. However, we recognise that decision is ultimately down to you – but ask yourself these questions before you do:

Can I afford to lose my driving licence?

Do I want to put myself and others at risk?