It might surprise you to know that almost 1 in 5 of the 90,000 drivers convicted of drink driving last year are on their way to, or are at work the next day.
In 2011 more people failed breath tests between the hours of 6am and 11am than during the hour before or after midnight (ACPO).
There are many common misconceptions about being able to drive the morning after a night of drinking. You might be lucky enough to ‘feel fine’ after a night of drinking but that doesn’t mean you will be legally able to drive and you might still be over the drink drive limit, and ‘feeling fine’ isn’t a defence to drink driving.
On average, your body can process 1 unit of alcohol an hour. The NHS have stated that the speed at which your body processes alcohol can depend on your size, gender, age, the state of your liver, your metabolism, how much food you have eaten, the type and strength of the alcohol you’ve consumed and whether you’re taking medication. All of these facts play a part in how quickly your body can get rid of the alcohol.
So for example, if you go out and drink three pints from 10pm until 12am, this would equate to roughly 9.2 units. If your body roughly removes alcohol from your body at 1 unit an hour, you would have to wait at least 9 hours until you drove in the morning. The longer you leave it, the lesser the chances of having the alcohol in your system in the morning