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Drink Driving: the day after the night before

Updated on: 28 January 2021

A couple share a drink on their sofa.

The risks of getting behind the wheel when you’re over the limit are well known, but what many people aren’t aware of is that the dangers can continue the day after you’ve been drinking.

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 few people are foolish enough to drive while drunk, many don’t hesitate to drive the morning after a session. However, the consequences can be just as serious, as our infographic shows.

Kill time not people infographic

In 2019, police conducted 285,380 roadside breath tests in England and Wales. A drink driving conviction can seriously affect the cost of your car insurance, so make sure that you play it safe the day after a night out.

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