It’s the festive season, and for many of us ‘festivities’ and ‘alcohol’ go hand in hand. You know to be responsible after a night of drinking, so you might crash at a friend’s place for the effects to wear off. The next morning you’re good to go, right? Not so fast.
Sleeping doesn’t automatically flush the alcohol out of your system – in fact, it’s still there after 8—10 hours. Depending on a bunch of factors like age, gender, weight and health, the alcohol you consumed last night could very well still be affecting you even when you’re driving home at 8am.
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1st for Women Insurance has provided these fantastic tips to help you stay within your limit and safe on our roads.
1. Know Your Units
Know how much alcohol you consumed, as well as how late it was when you had your last drink. If you were heavily drinking less than seven hours ago, you could still be at high risk.
2. Consider Your Drink’s Strength
Our legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1000ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05g per 100ml. The strength of your Long Island Iced Tea is very different to that of your guy’s Peroni draught. Rather opt for the lower strength drinks.
3. Know the Limit
South Africa’s legal limit is equal to two thirds of beer or spirit cooler with 5% alcohol content, 75ml of wine per hour with an alcohol content of 12%—14%, and up to one tot of whiskey or brandy per hour.
4. Give Yourself Enough Time
Smirnoff Storms are not cans of Fanta – you can’t be chugging one after the other. The general rule of thumb is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour if you weigh 68kg or more. If you weigh less than 68kg, it takes even longer.
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6. Don’t Take Risks
Unfortunately, there’s no fail-safe way to know for sure that all the alcohol you drank the night before has left your body the morning after. Don’t hop into your car and speed off to breakfast at the McCafé the second you open your eyes. Or, just be sure to drink within the lower-risk guidelines.
7. Alternate Beverages
Between each alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water. Also, it helps to stop consuming alcohol well before the end of the night so that your body has ample time to process it before tomorrow morning.
Be safe out there, and have fun!