April 5, 2017
Alcohol is a depressant drug. It slows the activity of the central nervous system, including the brain. This can have a huge impact on your ability to drive safely.
Alcohol can affect your driving by causing:
Monitor the number of standard drinks you consume each hour.
Keep track of how much you drink. And if you intend to drive, remember that the safest option is not to drink.
Some people need to drink less to keep their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) under 0.05% and drive safely. Find out more about BAC.
The only way to remove alcohol from your system is to allow the body time to process it. Showers, coffee and fresh air will not reduce your BAC.
Your BAC can continue to rise for up to 3 hours after your last drink.
On average, the liver breaks down a little less than one standard drink per hour. Before driving, you should wait at least an hour for each standard drink you’ve had.
If you’re in doubt as to how much you’ve had, don’t drive. Always have a backup plan prepared in advance.