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Drink and drugs

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs seriously impairs your ability to drive.

If you drink or take drugs and then get behind the wheel of a car, you risk your life, the lives of your passengers and others on the road. Drink driving costs lives.

  • Don't drink and drive. The only safe limit is no alcohol at all.
  • Plan ahead - get home without the need to drive, and plan ahead for the next day too.
  • Beware of the morning after. You could still be over the limit. For example:
    • If you have drunk three large (250ml) glasses of wine it will take at least 11.5 hours from finishing the last drink for the alcohol to get out of your system.
    • If you have drunk four pints of 4% lager it will take at least 10 hours 20 minutes from finishing the last drink for the alcohol to get out of your system.
  • Don't offer an alcoholic drink or drugs to someone you know is planning to drive
  • Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol or taken drugs.

Should you be driving?

Here's a handy table to show just how long alcohol remains in your system

Alcohol guide

(with thanks to Devon and Cornwall Police)

What happens when you are caught drink driving?

When you are caught drink driving, you risk an unlimited fine or going to prison, or both, a minimum driving ban and a criminal record. (gov.uk drink driving penalties)

 

Read more about drink driving on the Devon and Cornwall Police website. You can also anonymously report drink driving.

Find out more:


Know the limits: https://www.gov.uk/drink-drive-limit


THINK! Website: http://think.direct.gov.uk/drink-driving.html


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