It’s time to wake up to drink driving

It takes approximately one hour to process one unit of alcohol

However, a number of different factors affect how long it takes our bodies to process alcohol with age being hugely significant.

As we age, our bodies take longer to process alcohol so older people need to be especially careful when considering whether they are fit to drive the morning after a night out drinking.

Almost one in five people convicted of drink driving in Northern Ireland last year were aged 50+.

This short video explains how people can be unknowingly still under the influence of alcohol the morning after. The main character, Bob, is seen binge drinking five pints of beer, which is the equivalent of 11.5 units, which would take the average person 11.5 hours to process. You can check how many units are in other types of alcohol using this detailed units graphic.

The Chief Medical Officer recommends that to keep health risks low adults should limit their alcohol intake to no more than 14 units per week, spread over three days or more.

Are you are worried about your own or someone else’s drinking?

Call our services for the over 50s in the Western Trust area:

Omagh 02882 839240

Foyle 02871 160236

Fermanagh 02866 381714

We can offer one-to-one confidential support in your home, or group activities in local communities. There is information about the drink driving laws in Northern Ireland here.