A glass of mulled wine = 2.3 units
A pint of strong lager = 3.0 units
A celebratory alcopop = 1.4 units
Being caught over the legal drink drive limit = a ban of at least 12 months, 3-11 points on your licence, up to a £5,000 fine and potential prison time
December is the merriest month on the calendar, and with the festive spirit in full force, it is typically time for celebration. From the customary office party to a trip to your local pub when you ring in the New Year, it is a period of goodwill for all. Christmas can also be a time for overindulgence, whether it is delicious roast dinners, the company of friends and family from far and wide, or piles of presents for your loved ones.
However, this tendency to overindulge can sometimes spill over into alcohol consumption. There’s no question that December is a popular month to break out the bubbly, with Public Health England estimating that the British public will spend over £2 billion on alcohol on pub outings alone. Kept within manageable limits, drinking can help create a relaxed, comfortable and entertaining atmosphere at festive get-togethers. Yet, it also has the potential to spoil the fun, particularly when it comes to mixing alcohol and driving.
What you need to know about Drink Driving
“One won’t hurt” is an all too familiar phrase that will be uttered throughout the month. In 2015, 1191 arrests were made for drink driving across Essex alone. 24 people have already been charged with drink and drug driving offences this December, as Essex Police have launched their annual campaign to crack down on perpetrators and highlight the consequences of their actions.
The legal drink drive limit in the UK currently has the following boundaries:
· 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
· 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
· 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
Although these limits are strictly imposed, it can be difficult to assess how much someone can drink before they exceed them. Every person’s body is unique and reacts to alcohol in different ways due to a variety of factors, including age, weight, gender and metabolism – even stress can have an effect!
Before you consider getting behind the wheel, you also should ask yourself the following questions:
· What type of alcohol have you consumed?
· How quickly did you consume it?
· How much did you have to eat during the day or whilst drinking?
· Are you feeling under stress?
· How long has it been since you last had a drink?
These questions are key to determining whether you are fit to be behind the wheel, as two people drinking the same amount of alcohol could react in different ways. To be completely safe, the best advice is to avoid drinking altogether if you need to drive soon afterwards, or arrange for a designated driver or taxi service to transport you safely home.
Where to go for effective legal advice
If you have been caught for drink driving or have committed a similar motoring offence, it is important to seek trustworthy legal advice immediately. As mentioned earlier, the consequences for drink driving are wide-ranging depending on the severity of the case. These can include:
· Up to 11 points on your driver’s licence
· Ban from driving for at least 12 months
· Fine of up to £5,000
· Potential prison sentence of up to six months
· Multiple offences within a 10-year span resulting in at least a three-year ban
Such penalties have the possibility to dramatically alter both your home life and career prospects. Our professional team of drink driving solicitors, led by George Lewzey, are available to provide exceptional guidance throughout Essex, giving you the best chance of minimising your verdict and lessening the negative impact on the lives of you and your loved ones.
For more information on how George and our experienced team can offer support in drink driving and a variety of other criminal law offences, contact us today on 01702 477106 to arrange a 30-minute consultation.