Drink –Drive Laws and Hangover Cures from around the World!
The World Cup is kicks off tonight and as a nation we take the occasion very seriously …….. Another thing we love to do is have a drink while watching the game. Across the country police have started drink driving campaigns, and with good reason – 1 in 8 UK road deaths are a result of a crash where the driver was over the legal drink-drive limit. Do you know the law? What is a unit and how many can you drink and still drive? Do you know what would happen to you if you were convicted of drink-driving? Let’s take a look …………..
The law here in the UK is clear on the drink drive limit and is as follows …….
- 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
- 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
- 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
So we all want to know – what does this mean in terms of how many drinks I can have? Unfortunately the answer here is not as clear as the law. Most people believe the law can be translated into a certain number of units that can be consumed below the drink-drive limit. 1 unit of alcohol translates in to 10 ml of pure alcohol but we can’t convert this as people vary so much. The effect this unit of alcohol will have on a person depends on the weight of the drinker, the age, the gender, whether any food has been eaten and even on the stress levels of the drinker at the time.
It can take the average person around an hour for the body to deal with a unit of alcohol and leave no trace in the bloodstream, but again this depends on the individual so when you wake up the next morning you may still be over the limit. There are no quick ways to get alcohol out of your system no amount of coffee and showers will help remove alcohol from the bloodstream, you just have to wait. With 1 in 6 drink-drivers caught in the morning its worth being sure before you open your car door ……. Try the morning after calculator to see whether you are safe to drive.
So what will happen if you are convicted? The exact consequences will depend on the magistrate’s decision who is hearing your case but a conviction could mean:
- A minimum 12 month driving ban
- Criminal record
- Fine up to £5,000
- Endorsement on your license for up to 11 years, could be between 3-11 penalty points
- Possible imprisonment for up to 6 months
The institute of Advance Motorists have estimated when considering court fees, solicitor’s fees, increase in insurance costs and possible loss of employment a drink driving conviction cost between £20,000 - £50,000.
The best idea if you are unsure whether you can drive or not is DON’T it’s not worth the risk, to check for sure breathalysers can be purchased easily. Don’t think you might get away with just popping around the corner, the police are using more and more sophisticated technology to make sure as many people as possible are convicted when drink driving. The latest technology being tested in the war against drink-drivers includes a laser that can detect alcohol in cars 20 metres away …… there really is no escape.
So if you’ve had one too many and are suffering the next day stay at home and try some of these amazing hangover cures from around the world ……. I really hope rubbing lemon on my drinking arm works because I don’t fancy the dried bull penis!
Have a happy and safe world cup everybody!
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12 June 2014
Written by Rivervale