This week is national alcohol awareness week which is a chance for us to:
- Drive a conversation
- Signpost those who need help to the support they need
- Call for change
In BFG we focus this year’s alcohol awareness campaign towards individuals who think it is still ok to ‘have a couple of drinks, before getting behind the wheel’.
THINK! A second drink can double your chance of a fatal collision
The UK currently has one of the highest blood alcohol limits for driving in the world, at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Here in Germany the limit is lower at 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Drivers with a blood alcohol level of 50-80mg are 2-2.5 times more likely to crash than those with no alcohol in their blood, and up to six times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.
In the last 50 years road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically, but in the UK in 2014, there were still 240 deaths due to drink driving – accounting for 14% of all road fatalities. By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road.
In addition young males make up 62% of drink drivers killed on UK roads each year.
Beware the morning after
You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it's the 'morning after'. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don't help to sober you up - time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
There is no excuse for drink driving
"I can handle my drink."
Alcohol affects everybody's driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop
"I'm only going down the road."
A large proportion of all drink drive crashes occur within three miles of the start of the journey.
If you're planning to drink alcohol, plan how to get home without driving
Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone, or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.
Don't offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive
Even if you're not driving, you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.
Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol
Further information specifically targeting Drinking and Driving can be obtained from the Think.Gov website.