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Driving Under Influence: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the volumes and timings of alcohol consumption likely to result in reaching the maximum blood alcohol concentration permitted for driving on public roads. (177358)

The Department are spending about £3.5 million this year advertising against drink-driving. We have an advice leaflet, ‘How Much Will Your Next Round Cost You?’, which is available on-line at:

http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.Uk/campaigns/drinkdrive/pdf/1184.pdf

Our advice has consistently warned drivers that it is not possible to calculate how much alcohol they can consume. We have included in our leaflet a warning about the persistence of alcohol impairment and the “morning after” effect.

Alcohol impairment is a complex matter, It is influenced by various factors, including the driver’s gender, body mass, his or her state of health and level of fatigue; the confounding effects of drugs—legal and illegal; by the level of driving skills—including the effects of inexperience and old age; and by the amount and rate of alcohol consumption. Any level of alcohol impairs driving and our core message is “don't drink and drive”.