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Drink Driving: the day after the night before

Updated on: 3 July 2024

A couple share a drink on their sofa.

Weddings, work parties, catching up with friends and family... you may find yourself having a few drinks every now and then over the summer.

While the risks of getting behind the wheel when you’re over the limit are well-known, what about the morning after the night before?

Alcohol leaves the body at a rate of roughly one unit per hour, but this varies greatly depending on your age, sex, height, weight, and various other factors.

While (thankfully) very few people are foolish enough to drive while drunk, some may not hesitate to drive the morning after a night of drinking.

However, if alcohol is still in your system, it can still be dangerous to drive.

And the consequences can be just as serious as drink driving in the evening, as our infographic shows.

Drink driving is never worth the risk. Not only is it dangerous for you and other drivers, a drink driving conviction can ruin your life and seriously affect the cost of your car insurance.

So, celebrate and be merry, but make sure you play it safe the day after a night out.

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