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It is impossible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the legal limit. Alcohol intake depends on a number of factors, including the individual's response to alcohol
Your system continues to absorb alcohol even after you've finished drinking
Without taking a breath test there is no way of knowing how much alcohol is in your system.
The best way to make sure you are not over the limit is not to drink and drive.
Myth Two: 'Drink doesn't affect the way I drive.'
If you have drunk at least twice the current drink drive limit then you are 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.
Myth Three: 'I haven't had a drink since last night, I can't be still over the limit.'
Many people drive the morning after they have been drinking. However, there may still be alcohol in their system and if they are stopped and breathlysed they could be over the limit. It takes longer than you think for alcohol to leave your body.
Take a Saturday night's drinking:
At midnight you may have 200 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood in your system. This is 2½ times the drink drive limit
At 7.30 am there will still be 90 milligrams per 100 millilitres in your system - you are still over the drink-drive limit
By lunchtime you will still have about 20 milligrams within your system, not above the limit, but still enough to adversely affect your driving.
Myth Four: 'I'll never get caught.'
More than half a million breath tests are carried out every year in England and Wales.
In Devon and Cornwall in 2015 there were 14,185 roadside breath tests and 1,692 arrests.
If you are convicted of drinking and driving:
You will have a criminal record
You will be disqualified from driving for at least a year
Your next vehicle insurance premium will significantly increase
You will have difficulty hiring a car for the next 10 years
You may have to retake your driving test and attend rehabilitation to regain your licence.
Doesn't matter where you live drink driving is never a good idea.
Scottish government Drink Driving campaign - 'Blue light'