Drink Driving at Christmas

As we approach another festive period, our minds naturally turn to the “party season”. Be it an after-work drink, office party, or one of the many social gatherings that take place at this time of year, one thing is always certain – there will be alcohol.

With the UK drink driving laws being some of the toughest across the continent, it is better to make yourself aware of the penalties and dangers before you enter the “season”, that way you’ll be more informed when it comes to making your decisions. The last thing anybody wants for Christmas is drink driving charges brought against them. Read on to learn more.


Statistics can be used to prove anything right? Of course, it all depends on the question being asked, but some are more shocking than others.

For example, 62% of drink drivers killed on UK roads are young men, which may not be surprising when you consider that up to a fifth of this age group have admitted driving after a second (or more) drink. What’s worse is when you think that the odds of having a fatal car crash more than double after a second drink.

One or Two?

People seem to believe that there is a rule when it comes to alcohol consumption, but there isn’t. Firstly it depends on the drink, some lagers are much stronger, and most glasses of wine these days are not the standard (small) measure.

Secondly, it depends on the drinker – their age, gender, weight and metabolism all play a part in how their body deals with alcohol.

Thirdly there are the circumstances, is it with food, and what time etc. are all critical.

To think that there is a standard rule for alcohol that applies to all individuals is simply wrong. To not acknowledge this is to run the risk of needing the services of one of the many drink driving Solicitors – and many don’t which is why there are so many Solicitors to choose from.

Although alcohol is now sold with the units labelled, it is never wise to drink up to the limit, but better to stay well under it and perhaps even not drink at all.

Time and Place?

One other factor is the location, as you were probably not aware that under UK drink driving laws, the limit in Scotland is lower than in England, about two thirds of the level.

Also, sleep does not help the body process the alcohol, which dissipates from the body at a rate of about 1 unit per hour one hour from when you stop drinking – so a late night and an early start can mean trouble.

We all want to enjoy the party season, but one major dampener would be running the needless risk and falling foul of the UK drink driving laws. Rather than run that risk, it is probably wise to leave the car at home, and always understand your consumption.

Party hard, but smart.


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