Morning After

The Morning After campaign aims to highlight the potential dangers of driving the morning after drinking and to encourage people to think before they drive.

It's simple - if you’ve been drinking the night before, there could still be alcohol in your system the morning after. It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink – a half pint of beer, small glass of wine or pub measure of spirits – and there’s no quick fix. Nothing can help to remove alcohol from your body, only time. Never ever drink and drive.

Quick facts about drink driving in Ireland:

  • In 2015, 1 in 10 drivers admitted to drinking alcohol before driving in the past 12 months
  • Of these drivers, 2 out of 5 said they had consumed two or more drinks
  • 85% of drink driving prosecutions were male
  • Almost half of all drink driving arrests occurred between midnight and 6am
  • 56% of offenders were aged between 20 and 39
  • Between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions

Tips to reduce your risk:

  • Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
  • Use the standard drink guidelines to help track how much you are drinking. 
  • Alternate each drink with a glass of water.
  • Try to avoid rounds. This can often result in drinking quicker or more than you had intended.
  • Plan ahead and arrange an alternative way to travel the night you are drinking and the morning after.

The law

If you are drinking and need to drive the following morning, you should think of your limit as effectively zero.

  • Fully licenced drivers in Category B:
    50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
  • Professional, learner and novice drivers:
    20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood