Ignorance no excuse for failing the morning-after alcohol test

Written by Ellie

Driver education is key if fleets are to remove the risk of employees being over the drink-drive limit the morning after the night before.

Around 5,500 people fail breath tests between 6am and midday every year. But many more drivers will go undetected; unaware that the level of alcohol in their blood is above the legal limit.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive of road charity IAM RoadSmart, said: “Through the work we do with offenders, the most common feedback we receive is ‘I simply didn’t realise’, particularly when it comes to the risk of still being over the limit the next day. This clearly demonstrates the need for education, especially for high-risk groups.”

In general, alcohol is removed from the blood at the rate of about one unit an hour. But this varies from person to person. It can depend on an individual’s size and gender, how much food they have eaten, the state of their liver, and their metabolism (how quickly or slowly their body turns food into energy), says campaign group Drinkaware.

The strength of different drinks can also vary greatly. Some ales for example are 3.5%, but stronger continental lagers can be 5% ABV, or even 6%, while a white wine can vary from around 8% to 15%.

Sillars continued: “Our advice is always make it none for the road this Christmas, but if you’re going to have a drink, know your limits.”

Read the full article on Fleet News

Posted on 15th December 2016

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