The festive season is in full swing and it can be tempting to celebrate the end of a challenging year over a few drinks. If you think you know everything about drinking and driving, you’re probably wrong.
Drink driving is one of the major killers on Queensland roads and sadly police typically see a spike at this time of year.
On average, 55 people are killed and 550 seriously injured each year in Queensland as a result of drink driving. Drinking alcohol reduces our ability to drive safely, affecting judgement, vision, co-ordination and reflexes, and increasing the risk of crashing.
Blood/breath alcohol concentration (BAC) is a measure of the amount of alcohol in the body. Even at 0.05, studies show reactions are slower than at 0.0 BAC.
It’s difficult to accurately monitor how much alcohol we consume due to:
It’s also important to remember that BAC may continue to rise after you stop drinking. It’s why you shouldn’t rely on the result from a breath-testing machine in a hotel.
Other variables that affect BAC include weight, gender, metabolism, how often you drink, and how long since you have eaten. Coffee, sleep, vomiting or exercise will not reduce your BAC.
The only thing that reduces your BAC is time.
If you’re going to drink, make arrangements to get home safely and avoid driving the morning after. Consider these options:
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