Drink driving limits Ireland: Calculator shows how soon to drive after pints, shorts, wine over June Bank Holiday
People will be enjoying takeaway pints and cans over the June Bank Holiday weekend but many forget about what it means for the next day.
The limit on the legal amount of alcohol allowed in your system when driving is getting lower and lower.
The legal limit for experienced drivers currently stands at 50mg while learner and professional drivers can’t have more than 20mg of alcohol in their blood.
Just one drink could put you over the limit.
Here are just some examples of how long you should stay away from your car after having a few drinks.
Don’t forget that the morning after a few drinks is usually the most dangerous time to drive.
10 pints of lager/stout
So, let’s say you’re in the city enjoying the sun and you’ve had 10 pints of a lager/stout such as Guinness, Heineken, Carlsberg which are all around 4.5% abv.
Drinkaware says that you can’t legally drive for 20 hours after finishing your final drink.
So if you retreat to the comfort of your own bed at midnight, you can’t drive until 8pm the following night.
1 bottle of wine
Wine aficionados need to pay attention here. If you work your way through a bottle of your favourite red, you’ll have to stay off the road for the following eight hours after you finish.
10 Vodkas and Coke
You’d have to wait eight hours after your final drink before driving.
12 pints and 6 vodkas with mixers
Not only will your hangover be debilitating, but you’ll have to stay off the road for the next 30 hours.
Calculate your own
Obviously, these findings are dependant on the individual’s metabolism/weight etc.
If you want to calculate your own, then head on over to drinkaware.ie and remember to stay safe this Bank Holiday weekend.