THE only thing that sobers you up is time. That’s one of the facts issued by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety team in its guide aimed at keeping our roads safe from drink-drivers this Christmas and new year.
The Take Time Out guide – released under the motto ‘That drink could last longer than you think...’ – tells drivers how long alcohol stays in the body after a night out, and how many units of alcohol are found in popular drinks.
A person drinking three pints of lager, two alcopops and three shorts before 11.30pm would be knocking back 16.5 units of alcohol, according to the guide.
They must allow at least 16 hours and 30 minutes before driving – meaning the motorist would be legally safe to drive at 4pm the next afternoon. According to the guide, a large glass of wine with a 10 per cent alcohol level is 2.5 units, and a pint of beer, lager or cider at per cent is 2.8 units.
It takes the body one hour to process each unit of alcohol consumed, but it varies according to sex, age and body mass.
The guide also dispels common myths surrounding alcohol, including that alcohol gives you energy, a cold shower, fresh air or coffee can help sober you up, or lining your stomach before or after a drink will keep you sober. There are three days until Christmas and Hampshire Constabulary is warning drivers that officers will be on full alert.
Sgt Paul Plews, of the road policing unit, said: ‘While families across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight tear open their Christmas presents and tuck into turkey and trimmings, our roads policing officers will still be out and about pulling over those we suspect of drink driving.
‘Christmas, while a special day in the year, is not a “get out of jail free” card for would-be drink drivers.
‘If we catch you, you’ll be spending a day in the cells – and you can’t expect a slap-up festive lunch in there.
He added: ‘So if there’s one thing you can do this Christmas, it is not to drink if you’re driving.’
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