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Drink driving calculator tells you when it is safe to drive after having alcohol – and you may be surprised
2021-12-29 16:14:00
It is that time of year when many of us are celebrating the festive season with a few drinks. We have had the office parties and New Year is now approaching. On top of that, the drinks cabinets are full and many of us will be having a few tipples at home whether with guests or just in front of the television. For the latest traffic and travel news click here. But that also means some of us will be getting up the next morning and having to drive to work or back from friends and relatives. We have all heard the warnings of driving the morning after but when is it actually safe to get behind the wheel after a few alcoholic beverages? It can be a minefield and the amount of time between the last drink and safely get behind the wheel may well surprise you. It seems wine and beer has got stronger over the years. When you combine that with the more obscure drinks you only consume at this time of year and ‘home measures’, it is difficult to know when you will be under the legal limit. A calculator has been created by Morning After to determine when you can safely get behind the wheel. The website makes it clear this is not to be used to work out exactly how much you can get away with drinking before you need to drive. It is a rough calculation and you could still end up over the limit. Your weight, age, sex and metabolism can all have an effect as can what you have eaten or how stressed you are. Watch: the drink drive laws explained Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. If you are caught driving while above the legal limit, you will be banned from driving for a least a year and could also face six months in prison, and an unlimited fine. If you cause an accident or a death while under the influence then you can be jailed for up to 14 years. Here is a few examples of what you may drink and when it will be safe to drive the next day. For a number of people, four pints of Fosters and in bed by 12.30am would not represent a mad night out, yet you should not get behind the wheel for 10.5 hours after the last drink. That would mean not driving until around 11am. Sinking a bottle of wine at home in the evening to wind down after a tough day is not unusual for many people. But if you are planning on driving the next day then you will have to wait a full 11 hours after draining the last dregs of that Chardonnay. Celebrating with a few glasses of bubbly on New Year’s Eve? Even if you stick to four small glasses you will still need to wait seven hours if you want to get behind the wheel. If you head out for a few cocktails then you will not want to drive until the afternoon. If you have a couple of margaritas, a mojito and a pina colada then you need to give yourself 11.5 hours. If you decide to have a mad one then you may as well forget about driving the next day. If you have four pints of lager, four double vodkas and wash that all down with four shots then you will have to wait more than 20 hours to drive. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now

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