The morning after

Wake up to drink driving 'the morning after'

  • After four drinks during an evening, most motorists who drive the next morning will be over the limit
  • It can take up to 12 hours to be safe to drive after drinking one bottle of wine.
  • It can take up to 12 hours to be safe to drive after drinking four pints of continental lager or ale
  • If caught driving over the legal limit the next morning, motorists face the same consequences as if they had been caught the night before
  • More than four out of ten pubs now serve 35ml rather than 25ml measures of spirits
  • Continental lager or ale has steadily increased in unit strength

Who is drink driving 'the morning after'

  • One in three motorists has driven 'the morning after' whilst over the limit
  • Half of all young drivers admit to driving in the morning despite excessive drinking the night before
  • Half of all male drivers in the UK admit to driving in the last year within two hours of having a drink

Attitudes to drink driving 'the morning after'

  • The rise of continental strength drinks has left motorists confused over drink-drive limits
  • 15 million motorists underestimate sobering up times
  • After drinking four pints of strong lager or ale, males believe it will take seven hours to be completely safe to drive
  • 18-29 year old males believe they can drive safely after four hours when they have drank four pints.
  • Many motorists choose to forget their previous night's drinking 'the morning after'
  • One in ten drivers correctly identified the length of time (six hours) it would take to be safe to drive after drinking half a bottle of wine