FACT: Any amount of alcohol will affect your ability to drive.
By how much can depend on a number of different factors, which include the type of alcoholic, your weight, sex, age, how much you've had to eat and so on. The only safe option is not to drink
ANY alcohol if you're planning on driving and never offer an alcoholic drink to anyone else who is driving.
See our Real Life stories page for more information on the consequences of drink driving.
If you risk having a drink and then get behind that wheel, you could pay for it for the rest of your life...
If you're convicted of drink driving here's what you could stand to lose:
- You'll be banned from driving for at least a year .
- You could lose your job.
- Your insurance costs will rocket.
- Your lifestyle could change dramatically.
- You'll be fined up to 5000.
- You could face up to six months in prison.
- And you'll have a criminal record.
It's not all about you...
Even worse than the above, you could kill or injure someone. If you do, you're looking at anything up to 14 years in prison. And you'd have it on your conscience for the rest of your life. Could you live with that?
It's not just as a driver that you take a risk. If you get into a car as a passenger when the driver's been drinking, you're risking your life. If in doubt, don't get in and find a safer way to get home.
Legally, the alcohol limit for drinking and driving is 80mg/100 millilitres of blood.
If you've had a night drinking, you may still be over the limit the next morning. If you drive you could be prosecuted. Remember it takes your liver 1 hour to process 1 unit of alcohol and flush it out of your system.
The only way to 'sober up' is over time, 1 unit = 1 hour.