Ideally everyone would be responsible and not drink at all before getting in a car or be aware that they could still be impaired the next day, but sadly this is not the case. At least if people knew they couldn't have any drink before driving, a proportion of people would wait some time before driving and hence lower the number of impaired drivers.
I don't drink at all these days (gets in the way of training, which I do lots of instead) and will most certainly avoid Christmas Pudding (effectively congealed brandy) so I'll likely be driving everyone around, which I don't mind.
When exercising, should you drink to the extent you get a hangover you've just put yourself back a whole week's physical training. Empty calories in beer do literally nothing for you and stress the liver and kidneys too far if taking supplements.
And it costs loads. And makes me silly.
There used to be a bloke in my village that got properly drunk (insane amounts), every single night of the week and drove home. He had lost his licence at least two, possibly three, times before over drink driving but this didn't seem to bother him one bit.
Not that this is any worse as such, as even a 10 second journey could be fatal, but he used to go on a grand pub tour to Peterborough and back (20 miles away from the village at the time), and how he wasn't in an accident I never will know.
I, as well as just about everybody else reported him repeatedly, to the point it just got silly. The police knew where he would be each night and at what time, but still didn't seem to show. I remember being in a pub with him and a police car was driving by continuously after a report (obviously waiting for him to leave), but when he left they were nowhere to be found.
The only one time I saw him leave the car, was when there were police at the pub (for a completely different matter).
If someone told me that i could not give them a lift because i might be under the influence of drugs or alchohol, that would really hack me off. Yes there are complete chumps out there that will drive under the influence (of all ages) but if I was that friend of a friend I would be dissapointed that you saw all young drivers in such a bad light.
Last edited by capncrunch; 17th December 2009 at 02:16 PM.
localzuk (17th December 2009)
Though I agree that getting wasted the night before then driving the next day is stupid, and you would probably be over the limit
I've always been told that it takes 24hours for the alcahol to completely leave your blood stream. Sure how much you drunk the night before and how quickly it takes to disapate over the 24 hours will have an impact, at some point before the 24 hours are up you alcahol level must reduce below the legal limit but still not gone completely.
I think the key message is, especially this time of the year - and more so on New Years Day - is that it does take time for the alcahol to leave your system and going to sleep for a couple of hours is usually not long enough.
Am I right in thinking (roughly)I was was watching some documentary or other where they tested people on how many units were in x drink etc. and most people were not even close to guessing right.
1 unit = 1 pint of beer = 1 glass of wine = 1 double shot spirit = legal driving limit?
Last edited by tmcd35; 17th December 2009 at 02:37 PM.
Can I just point out that it's not just about drink driving it's about responsible driving...
Car = lethal weapon
Driver = responsible
It's common sense really but that's about as common as formation flying pigs.
Most pints of beer now are between 1.2 and 2.5 units... a SMALL glass of wine can be around 1 unit but most folks seem to go for the large ones so again you're looking at 2+ units... and a double shot of spirit is never going to be 1 unit...
The rule of thumb I take now is one drink = 2.5 units so if I ever drink before driving, that drink is at least 3 to 4 hours before it's home time, and I make a point of drinking lots of water, juice, etc.. to help with the flushing process.
Last edited by contink; 17th December 2009 at 03:09 PM. Reason: punctuation... shocking
tmcd35 (17th December 2009)
I have to agree with the responses to alcohol and driving. It should be no drink at all, then the Police don't have to waste their time deciding whether you're over the limit or not. It would be much easier and I genuinely believe more lives would be saved.
I think the police should randomly target a pub every night, and everyone leaving the Pub car park in a car should be breathalised.
Obviously they should wait a ways away from the target pub...
Last edited by TheLibrarian; 17th December 2009 at 03:32 PM.
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