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Alcohol matters the morning after

Dated: 19 Dec 2012

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Christmas party-goers are being reminded that alcohol can still have an affect on you the morning after.

Many people are going out to enjoy the festive season with friends, family and colleagues, but many may not think alcohol is a factor the morning after when getting behind the wheel.

However, often a person can still be over the legal limit for driving, even if they stopped drinking several hours before.

Chief Inspector Peter Reeve, from Northumbria Police's Operations Command, said: "Motorists need to be aware that they can still be affected by alcohol the following day, regardless of the amount of time spent sleeping or what they have eaten before driving.

"It's a myth that sleep, coffee and cold showers can sober you up and even a small of amount of alcohol left in your system can have a serious affect on your driving ability.

"If anyone is in any doubt about whether they are over the limit the morning or many hours after drinking, just don't do it and find another means of travelling or drink responsibly to ensure you aren't over the limit the morning after.

"This decision could mean the difference between killing or seriously injuring yourself or another person."

Those celebrating the festive season are also reminded to plan on getting home safely.

CI Reeve added: "People should have a plan of how they intend to get home when out celebrating this Christmas.

"Designate a driver to get home safely, take advantage of public transport or pre-book a taxi home to ensure there's no temptation to get behind the wheel after drinking.

"As well as the risk to their own and other people's lives, those who drink and drive and fail a test face a minimum of a year's driving ban, a fine and huge increases in insurance premiums over the next ten years.

"In many cases it can lead to them losing their job and even their home.

"Our message is simple - don't drink and drive."

For more information, visit the Northumbria Police website:

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/road_safety/drink_driving/index.asp

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