Drink Driving and Alcohol AddictionAlthough a one off drink driving situation doesn’t mean that you have an alcohol addiction, you have to understand that someone without a relationship with alcohol would not even consider getting behind the wheel after a drink. The fact that you think you can pull it off in the first place should set alarm bells ringing. There are nearly 30,000 convictions per year in the UK for drink driving. If you do not want to become part of that statistic, hire a taxi and leave the car behind.
How long do I wait before I can safely drive after drinking?The rate alcohol leaves your blood stream is roughly one unit per hour. If you stop drinking early and only have 3 pints, you should be OK to drink at 7.30 am the next day. If you have an extra pint at 10pm, however, that will mean you can’t drive until 10 am. You can use the Morning After website to calculate how many units you drank. You should also record your drinking in an alcohol drinks journal if you are worried that you drink too much.
Drug Driving and Drug AddictionAfter the introduction of drug testing at the side of the road in 2021, drug driving statistics increased by 54%. The emergence from lockdown shows UK officials that dangerous driving was on the rise. The quiet roads of Covid must have eased Britain into a false sense of security. During the same period there were 208+ thousand cases of speeding. There were 21,411 cases of drug driving. These record highs prove that the UK still has a dangerous relationship with drugs and alcohol. If you feel you have an addiction which means you can only drive under the influence, it is time to get help. Contact our skilled rehab selection service to find a rehab clinic which can help you. Our team of experts are happy to listen, and happier to help you quit.
What are the penalties for drink/drug driving?Both drink driving and drug driving carry similar penalties here in the UK. If you are caught under the influence and behind the wheel, you could face 6 months in prison, a driving ban of one year or more, and an unlimited fine determined by your judge. Drink and drug driving at Christmas simply is not worth the risk. This will push your insurance premiums through the roof if you have an accident, too.
Tips on Getting Home SafeThere are things you can do to make sure you get home safe without getting behind the wheel while you are intoxicated. For a start, making sure one of your party is the designated driver means that the group can get home safe. You should make a rule with yourself that you don’t drive if you have even one drink, smoke, or pill. Hire a taxi before you go out, travel by bus or train, or trust a designated driver to prevent you drink driving. Tips on getting home safe when drunk include:
- Nominate a designated driver
- Hire a taxi
- Ask a friend to pick you up
- Use a train or bus
- Call an Uber
- Switch alcohol for non-alcoholic drinks