Drink driving calculator shows how long you have to wait to legally drive


Sitting in the driver’s seat in the morning after drinking could have serious consequences.

If you’ve been drinking, the safest bet is not to drive – but especially during the holiday season, many people are at risk of going over the limit for drinking and driving.

A Freedom of Information request from car and van rental company Nationwide Vehicle Contracts found there were more than 3,507 impaired driving offenses in the UK as of December 2019 alone – approximately 113 incidents per day.

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Drinking and driving is a very serious criminal offense and motorists can be fined, banned from driving and even jailed depending on the severity of the offense.

And you don’t have to be caught in a moving car to be hit with a penalty – a caught motorist sitting or sleeping in a car while intoxicated and with the keys in the ignition could be hit with. a fine of £ 2,500, up to 3 months in prison and a possible driving ban.

You can find out more about the penalties for drunk driving. here .

The law states that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland the blood alcohol limit for drivers is:

It is important to know that reaching this limit is different for everyone.

Weight, age, gender and metabolism, whether someone ate before drinking, the type of alcohol consumed, and even stress levels at that time can affect the amount of alcohol absorbed by the body.

Typically, an average adult takes about an hour to process a unit of alcohol – and nothing can be done to speed that up.

Drinking water or coffee, or eating a hearty breakfast, may help you feel better, but it will not speed up the time it takes for alcohol to leave your body.

When can I drive again?

If you know how much alcohol you’ve consumed in a night, there’s an easy way to figure out roughly what time you should be able to drive, but it’s always best to be careful and make sure that you don’t have to drive the next morning.

Average figures given by Alcohol Change UK suggest that it takes 2.3 hours for every pint of beer (4%), lager or cider – or for a 175ml glass of wine (13%) – to leave your system.

The charity also says it takes about an hour for a single shot (25ml) of spirits to be processed.

Drink Aware suggests waiting an hour and a half for each glass (125ml) of prosecco.

For example, a person who drinks a bottle of wine should wait about 11 hours for the alcohol to leave their body.

However, I repeat that this is a general guide and it is not possible to say for sure when you will be able to drive safely, as it affects people differently.

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