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Drink Driving – Do you know the facts?

Posted on the 4th December 2015

Men and women in Lancashire are being encouraged to learn the facts about the effects alcohol has on their body.

The Health Improvement Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is busting the myths about blood alcohol content and how long the body takes to break down alcohol. During the festive season, alcohol consumption increases by 40% and more people are stopped and breathalysed than any other time of the year. The Team at the Trust is working to dispel common misconceptions around drink driving so residents in Lancashire stay safe on the roads and make educated decisions when enjoying a drink. Blood alcohol content is dependent upon an individual"s height, weight, metabolic rate as well as many other things. It isn"t a set standard and there is no safe way to drink and drive so anyone who is driving should stick to drinking soft drinks or get a lift or take a taxi.

Gareth Beck, Health Improvement Specialist from the Health Improvement Service said:

''It"s not just drinking and driving the same day we are trying to raise awareness of but drinking the night before and driving the next day is equally as dangerous. It takes our body one hour to break down one unit of alcohol so if someone"s had 6 pints of regular strength beer or 4 large glasses of 12% wine it could take 12 hours for the alcohol to be out of their body. If they had stopped drinking at midnight it would be noon the next day before their body was alcohol free which means by innocently driving to work the next morning, or doing the school run, you could potentially be over the legal drink drive limit and putting yourself, your family and other drivers at risk.""

Any amount of alcohol affects your judgment and your ability to drive safely. You may not notice the effects but even a small amount of alcohol can:

  • Reduce your co-ordination
  • Slow down your reactions
  • Affect your vision
  • Affect how you judge speed and distance
  • Make you drowsy

Alcohol can also make you more likely to take risks, which can create dangerous situations for you and other people.

To find out more information about your limits check out www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol and to find out more information about the Trust, visit wwww.lancashirecare.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about how much you are drinking  contact your GP in the first instance and for more information visit www.alcoholconcern.org.uk.