Police are telling people not to drive this morning if they drank lots of alcohol last night to celebrate England’s win over Ukraine.
Last night England beat Ukraine 4-0 in a historic win which takes them to the semi finals of the European Football Championship.
It’s the first time England have reached the semi finals of the Euros in 25 years.
Football fans celebrated the victory in British style – partying in the streets – throughout the country.
Today, police officers are reminding drivers to be careful.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “It’s coming home. Are you?
“If you’re in any doubt about your fitness to drive the #MorningAfter drinking alcohol – don’t.
“You don’t have to be over the limit to be under the influence.
“Don’t be the one that never comes home or the cause of a tragedy for someone else’s family.”
How long does it take for alcohol to leave your system?
Some people think that if they have been to sleep they are safe to drive – but in fact, you could wake up still over the limit.
According to Drinkaware’s Chief Medical Adviser, Dr Paul Wallace, the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream depends on three things:
- the amount you take in
- over what period of time
- the speed at which your body gets rid of it
It takes around an hour per unit for alcohol to leave your system, but this can vary depending on a number of things, including: Weight, gender, age, your metabolism, how much food you have eaten, what you have been drinking, whether you’re taking medication and the type of medication.
Can you speed up the process?
No. Drinking lots of water, or eating a big breakfast might help ‘sober you up’, but it won’t actually quicken the speed at which alcohol leaves the body.
Will coffee help me sober up?
Afraid not. You can’t speed up the process. Of course, re-hydrating with plenty of fluid is good for you but alcohol takes time to leave your body.
So when is it safe to drive again?
As a rough guide, it’s around three hours if you drink one large glass of wine (250ml/three units), about two hours to break down a weak pint of beer, cider or lager (3.6% – few drinks are this weak any more), or three hours to break down higher-strength lager, beer or cider (5.2%).
How many units does a drink contain?
There is still confusion over this, but the NHS says there is roughly:
175ml glass of wine of average strength (12%) – 2.1 units
250ml glass of wine of average strength (12%) – 3 units
One pint of low-strength lager, beer or cider (3.6%) – 2 units
One pint of high-strength lager, beer or cider (5.2%) – 3 units
One single measure of spirits – 1 unit
What is the legal driving limit?
In Wales, England and Northern Ireland the drink drive limit is as follows:
Micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath: 35
Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood: 80
Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine: 107
It isn’t possible to say how much you can drink and stay below the limit as it affects people differently.