It is just a little too easy to indulge with a lover this Valentine’s Day. A little champagne before dinner, a fine wine over dinner and a nightcap could see you well over .05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
At .05 BAC you are twice as likely to have a crash than before drinking, and it can take several hours to get the alcohol out of your system.
Probationary drivers (P-platers), learner drivers (L-platers) and professional drivers (for vehicles such as heavy trucks, buses or taxis) must only drive with a zero BAC.
On a more sober note, drinking and driving is bloody stupid – all it takes is two standard drinks in the first hour and one per hour after that to reach the limit. Let’s not even start on using a mobile while driving or use of illegal drugs.
As a guide:
375ml can low-strength beer (2.7% alcohol) = 0.8 standard drinks
375ml can mid-strength beer (3.5% alcohol) = 1 standard drink
375ml can full-strength beer (4.8% alcohol) = 1.4 standard drinks
When I was a lad there was no such thing as RBT or speed radars – life was good. But even then, the prospect of drink driving terrified me, and I bought a breath tester just to be sure. Touch wood – it saved me from me.