The festive season is well and truly upon us which means that there are Christmas parties, boozy lunches, family get-togethers and gatherings aplenty. It’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of things which means that one drink can easily lead to two, three, four or even more.
Whilst the effects of a particularly sociable couple weeks is unlikely to have any serious or long-term health implications, this could be a completely different story if you decide to get in a car and drive yourself home.
Drink driving is a serious offence - at best you lose your license and worst case scenario is you kill yourself or an innocent bystander. To highlight the importance of getting a taxi, asking someone to pick you up or not drinking at all, here are some statistics about drink driving in the UK.
* On average, 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured every year in drink driving collisions
* Nearly one in six of all deaths on the road involve drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit
* Regardless of the drink drive limit, any amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely. The effects can include slower reactions, increased stopping distance, poor judgement of speed and distance and reduced field of vision
* It’s impossible to reduce your alcohol levels quickly. A shower, cup of coffee or any other way of ‘sobering up’ will not help - it just takes time
* Driving or even attempting to drive whilst over the limit can result in up to 6 months in prison, a £5,000 fine and a 12 month driving ban
* Causing death by dangerous driving because you are over the limit can land you a 14 year prison sentence
If you think that you or someone you know could have a problem with alcohol, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available.