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Drink Driving: Understanding Just How Much You Can Drink

The consequences of drink driving charges in the UK are enormous. Anyone who is caught with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit faces a ban on driving of up to a year. You could even be fined as much as £5,000. Depending on the circumstances, you could face a period of imprisonment, too. Keep in mind that the laws are there for good reason. When you drink, the alcohol impairs your ability to drive well. The brain doesn’t get visual signals quite as quickly, and processing information becomes far more difficult. You may even have vision issues, making it far harder to see things clearly when you’re behind the wheel. But how much can you really drink before it become a problem?

Alcohol Consumption Limits

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula that will help you stay under the legal limit when you drink. You have to take seven different factors into account: your gender, what you’re drinking, your stress level, your weight, the speed of your metabolism, the contents of your stomach, and your age. For some people, a single drink will put them over the legal limit. For others, several pints can be consumed before it becomes an issue.

There are a few guidelines that can help you make the right decisions, though. One drink is considered to be a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a shot of hard liquor. In England and Wales, the limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. If your weight is fairly average for a woman, you can have two drinks before it becomes an issue. By the time you finish the third, you will likely be over the limit. Men of a fairly average weight can usually have three drinks before it becomes a problem. By the time the fourth is finished, you’ve typically reached the legal limit. Keep in mind that the higher your rate, the more you can drink.

The penalties of drink driving can be overwhelming. Contact us for help if you’ve been charged with this offence.

14/08/2015 02:43