If you frequently head out with friends and family members to eat, then you probably know that it’s a good idea to decline any alcohol to ensure that you’re not stopped for a drink driving offence. It’s a smart habit to build, but occasionally it can seem restricting so we always try to look for ways to get around this rule.
For instance, many people tend to get their drinks in early if they have to drive home and don’t touch any drinks for at least an hour or two before they have to drive again. Alternatively, they might drink something a little weaker to ensure that the alcohol can leave their system a little earlier.
In this post, we’re going to talk about how long it really takes for alcohol to leave your system and take a more detailed peek into the specifics to help keep you safe on the road.
First, it’s important to remember that everyone handles alcohol differently. Some people aren’t affected by effects of alcohol as much as others, but that doesn’t mean much to the authorities because the alcohol is still in your system regardless of how you personally feel. In fact, you might not feel the effects of the alcohol but it could still impair your focus and ability to drive.
However, a general rule of thumb is that if you were to consume seven pints of lager or six glasses of wine in the evening at 7pm for dinner, then you need at least 16 hours of hydration and no alcohol in order to be considered sober enough to drive.
If you consume just a single small glass of wine with a meal, then you should be waiting around 3 to 4 hours before you even consider driving. This also changes depending on the person drinking, as alcohol can linger in your system for longer if you don’t hydrate yourself regularly throughout the meal.
The legal drink drive limit can’t easily be converted into a number of units, but there are other ways to calculate how quickly you can get back behind the wheel. Keep in mind that the time it takes for the alcohol to leave your system depends on factors like your age, weight, gender, metabolism and even stress.
As a general rule of thumb, a single unit of alcohol (half a pint of beer or half a glass of wine) will take around an hour to process if you continue to hydrate yourself throughout that hour. So, if you drink a pint of beer at a bar, you’ll need to be there for at least two hours without taking another sip of alcohol if you want to leave and drive home without running into any trouble.
At worst, if you are caught driving with alcohol in your system, you’re going to end up in prison for up to 6 months and even fined £5,000 or more!
So, our advice is if you are going out with friends and know you need to drive, simply don’t touch any alcohol at all! Even if you think you will be fine, it isn’t worth the risk, even if you always feel fine after a single pint or glass.
Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right. So, enjoy your driving and above everything else…always stay safe!