If you have not had yours, then it is probably imminent - the office Christmas party. After a hard year of working, people let their hair down and enjoy a drink. Unfortunately it’s also the time of year when the Police begin their drink drive awareness campaigns and start a clampdown on motorists.
Most people are sensible enough not to risk driving the same evening they have been drinking. However, many fail to realise they could still be over the legal drink drive limit the following morning.
Stephen Scully, a criminal solicitor with Shrewsbury law firm Lanyon Bowdler advises party goers: “You may not feel drunk the following morning, and therefore feel fit to drive, but you could still be over the legal alcohol level.”
On average, it takes one hour for a healthy liver to process one unit of alcohol; meaning just three glasses of wine could take nearly seven hours to leave the system. However, this does depend on a number of factors, such as weight, gender, age, and even current stress levels, so it is not always easy to tell whether the alcohol will be out of your blood stream.
Stephen continues: “If you are not sure, then don't risk driving, as the consequences of a drink driving conviction nearly always leads to a ban from driving, which may cost you your job, and have dire consequences for your future employability.
“In the worst case scenario you could face a jail term of up to six months imprisonment for driving over the alcohol limit.”
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