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Christmas party excess – steer clear of driving

As the office Christmas party season starts, Driving for Better Business has released new figures which indicate that:

  • 58% of people who have four or more drinks on a night out sometimes take the risk and drive the following morning, with only a third (33%) aware that they could still be over the limit.
  • Even though a drink driving conviction can lose drivers their jobs, the most common reason for getting behind the wheel after a heavy night of drinking was to get to work (37%).
  • On average it takes around one hour for the body to break down one unit of alcohol, meaning it could take as long as 12 hours for the alcohol from four pints of higher strength beer (or four large glasses of wine) to leave the system.

Drivers are unaware of the dangers, with a third (33%) of people surveyed mistakenly thinking that drinking water would make them safer to drive, along with sleeping (28%) and eating a large meal (21%).

Getting behind the wheel after a big night out is a risk that drivers just should not take.  Considerate employers will recognise this hazard, organise celebrations to fall on a non-working day after, make concessions for late starts or morning organised collections and remind employees of the risks.

Driving for Better Business is a government-backed programme to help employers in both the private and public sectors reduce work-related road risk, decrease the associated costs and improve compliance with current legislation and guidance.  CLICK HERE to fine out more.