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Don’t risk driving too soon the morning after festive drinking

| 22.12.14

As the party seasons continues, Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is warning people that ‘time’ is the only effective way to get alcohol out of the system.

With Christmas festivities in full swing, the partnership is reminding all drivers and riders to think about the amount of alcohol still in their body the morning after and to consider the time it takes alcohol to leave the system.

One unit of alcohol takes the body an hour to break down. This means, for example, a person that drinks three large (250ml) glasses of wine (15% alcohol) before midnight shouldn’t drive for 13 hours – that’s 1pm the following day.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for road safety at Gloucestershire County Council said: “We know people are usually very good at ordering a taxi for their night out but many don’t realise just how much alcohol can be left in their system the next morning, and some get behind the wheel too soon.

“We want more people to be aware that if they feel unwell the morning after a night’s drinking, it’s probably because of the excess alcohol in their system. Our message is don’t ever risk it or the devastating consequences of drink driving could change your life forever.”

Chief Inspector Charlie Laporte, lead for road safety said: “Last year 213 people died or were seriously injured on the county’s roads.  That’s 213 families, communities and work places affected by somebody making a simple mistake.

“On top of that there were over 1000 failed breath tests on our roads – many of which were the morning after a night of drinking.”


For more information on drinking and driving, visit our anti drink driving campaign website at

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