Don’t drive after drinking. Every holiday season, a straightforward warning is given to drivers, but disobeying it can have disastrous and even lethal results.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 drivers conducted by the road safety organization IAM RoadSmart, Londoners are the most inclined to drive after ingesting alcohol, with 67% of city residents stating they would do so and only 33% indicating they wouldn’t.
East Anglia, the East Midlands, the North East, and the West Midlands follow London in order.
Scotland has the lowest percentage of drinkers (26%), with 74% of people saying they wouldn’t touch a drop. Scotland has a lower drink-drive limit than other countries.
Northern Ireland, the South East, Wales, Yorkshire, and the Humberside region follow. Over four out of ten respondents (41%) said they would drink one to ten units and still drive.
The charity estimates that a DUI conviction could result in up to £70,000 in costs due to lost wages, fines, and increased transportation expenses.
In most of the UK, the legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (0.35 milligrams per liter of breath), while in Scotland, it is 50 milligrams per 100 milliliters (22mg alcohol per 100ml of breath).
However, individual responses to the drug vary and rely on a variety of variables, such as age, metabolism, weight, and previous dietary habits.
The fact that most people underestimate the amount of alcohol provided at home adds another concerning wrinkle as families attempt to save money during Christmas by dining out less at pubs and restaurants.
Four out of ten drinkers, according to a study by Direct Line, never monitor how much alcohol they pour at home. In a study, 7 out of 10 participants who were shown a big wine glass (250 ml) mistook it for a medium or small glass.