Let’s keep our roads safe this Easter

Let’s keep our roads safe this Easter

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RSA figures show that 10% of Irish motorists have admitted to driving after consuming alcohol in the past 12 months and this  rises to 16% for those under the age of 24. Our research supports this finding, with a similar number of people (8%) admitting to driving after consuming alcohol in the past 12 months. The reality is that any amount of alcohol will impair your ability to drive. Why take the risk? This Easter weekend, we can all play an important role in keeping our roads safe. If you decide to drink alcohol over the long weekend, here are some things to keep in mind.

Think before you drive the next day

An Garda Síochána figures show that 1 in 10 arrests for driving under the influence are made between 8am and 2pm, with a peak on Sundays.

The time of your last drink at night will affect when it is safe for you to drive the following day so there could still be alcohol in your system the morning after drinking. It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink and there’s no quick fix. Common examples of one standard drink are a half pint of lager/stout/cider, a 100ml glass of wine or pub measure (35.5ml) of spirits. Nothing you can do will help to remove alcohol from your body any quicker, only time.

This weekend, plan ahead and arrange an alternative way to travel the following day. Never EVER drink and drive.

Keep track

Are you drinking within the HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption? Less than 3% of Irish adults can correctly identify the guidelines and we underestimate how much we drink by over 60% but they are important and help you to see how much you are really drinking over the week. Remember, these are guidelines - not a target.

  • 11 standard drinks (110g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for women, with at least two alcohol-free days
  • 17 standard drinks (170g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for men, with at least two alcohol-free days

Try out our Drinks Calculator to see if you're drinking within the guidelines

Make small changes

The good news is, reducing how much you drink is easier than you might think. Little changes to the way you drink can have a big impact. This long weekend, why not try out some of these some quick and easy ways to do just that?

  • Never free-pour spirits or wine. Always use a measure, like our free Standard Drink Measure Cup.
  • Downsize your glass. Drinking from a smaller wine glass, for example, can make a real difference.
  • Try to avoid rounds as you may end up drinking a lot more than you had intended.
  • Always finish one glass of wine before pouring another. Topping up your glass can make it harder to know how much you are really drinking.
  • Alternate each drink with water. Keep a jug of water handy as a reminder.