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.
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.
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.
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?