The dangers of drink-driving

Whether you’re heading to a party or for a few drinks after work, driving under the influence of alcohol is never worth the risk.

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol puts you, your passengers and other people on the road at serious risk of harm and even death.
  • In the year to 2017, 1,640 people in Britain were killed or seriously injured in drink-driving accidents
  • Two-thirds of that number were men
  • You don’t have to be ‘drunk’ to be at serious risk of harm. Despite the legal alcohol limit, ANY level of alcohol can slow your reaction time and make it difficult to drive safely.
  • It also reduces your awareness of your surroundings, increasing the likelihood of collision.

Simple ways to stay safe

  • If you’re on a night out, choose a designated driver – a person who abstains from alcohol on a night out so they can drive the rest of their group of friends home safely.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, plan your transport in advance – take numbers for taxis or take note of train times.
  • If you are driving, stick to soft drinks, mocktails or zero-alcohol beers
  • Don’t allow your friends to drink-drive – explain that you won’t travel with a driver under the influence of alcohol
  • If you witness drink-driving, the law is clear – you must report it to the police 

What about the morning after?

Every year, drink-driving causes serious injury and death on Britain’s roads. And it’s not only dangerous on a night out – if you’ve been drinking heavily, you may still be unfit to drive the morning after. On average, it takes one hour for a single unit of alcohol to be filtered through your system. This means that you easily be over the legal limit the next day.

If you drive under the influence of alcohol, you could face a ban or a fine of up to £5,000.