With a new report revealing that an incredible 10 million Brits are more than happy to drive when they’re knowingly over the limit, we have decided to debunk some of the most common myths about drink driving.
Myth - leaving the window open will help keep you alert.
Fact - fresh air does absolutely nothing to improve the lack of alertness caused by alcohol.
Myth - bigger people can drink more alcohol without it affecting them.
Fact - you can react differently to alcohol every time you drink because there are a lot of contributing factors including body chemistry, tiredness and how much you have eaten beforehand.
Myth - alcohol is a stimulant.
Fact - alcohol is actually a depressant. It acts as an anaesthetic on the central nervous system and the brain is made to function slower.
Myth - driving slower makes up for what alcohol does to the body.
Fact - depending on the situation, driving slower could actually be more dangerous.
Myth - drinking coffee or water or having something to eat will sober you up.
Fact - non-alcoholic beverages and food do nothing to rid the body of alcohol. The only thing that does is time.
Myth - if you have several drinks with a low ABV you will be fine to drive.
Fact - regardless of what you’re drinking, you will still be over the limit and your driving ability will still be impaired. Believe it or not, beer has the same effect as straight scotch.
Myth - unbelievably, many people believe they become better drivers after a few drinks.
Fact - drinking causes cloudy thinking, blurred vision, slower reflexes and not to mention, it makes us feel overly confident. No matter what you think, it is literally impossible that any amount of alcohol will improve your driving ability.
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