Morning After . . .


Driving and the 'morning after'

It is important to realise that even after several hours or a night's sleep, if you have been drinking the night before your ability to drive the next morning may still be impaired. This applies even if you are not over the legal limit to drive.

The problem is linked to stronger alcohol now being available, including 'premium' lagers and confusion about the amount of alcohol contained in ready-mixed drinks and alcopops.

Wake up to drink driving 'the morning after'

After four drinks during an evening, the likelihood is that the next morning your ability to drive will still be affected and you may be over the legal limit to drive. If caught driving over the legal limit the next morning, motorists face the same consequences as if they had been caught the night before.

Be aware of alcohol content of your drinks. Many pubs now serve 35ml rather than 25ml measures of spirits and continental lager or ale has steadily increased in strength. It can also be hard tell the alcohol content of ready-mixed drinks and alcopops. If you are at all uncertain of how much alcohol you have drunk - don't drive!


Who is drink driving 'the morning after'

One in three motorists has driven 'the morning after' while over the limit. Half of all young drivers admit to driving in the morning despite excessive drinking the night before.


Attitudes to drink driving 'the morning after'

Research shows that:

  • The rise of continental strength drinks has left motorists confused over drink-drive limits
  • Motorists underestimate sobering up times
  • After drinking four pints of strong lager or ale, males believe it will take seven hours to be completely safe to drive
    18-29 year old males believe they can drive safely after four hours when they have drunk four pints.
  • Many motorists choose to forget their previous night's drinking 'the morning after'.


The fact is that it is almost impossible to calculate safely how long it will take for your body to eliminate alcohol and for your driving ability to be unimpaired. Having any alcohol at all in your system increases the risks associated with driving.