Tips for new car enthusiasts

That’s how long it takes to drive after drinking alcohol.

Be careful: Disqualification for hangover.

You drink, you steal, you go to jail! Is that a familiar phrase of a famous American film hero? This quote from the movie “Gentlemen of Fortune” can be paraphrased: “Drank, slept, sat behind the wheel in the morning – lost his license“. Where are we going with this? The fact is that every day hundreds of thousands of motorists sit behind the wheel in the morning, not even knowing that they risk losing their driver’s license for driving while intoxicated. But how so, if the driver has been drinking alcohol since the evening and only got behind the wheel the next day for lunch? Why lose your license when you’re sober? It’s all about residual alcohol in the body, for which you can lose your license.

And even if there is no hangover at all and only a few glasses of strong alcohol have been drunk since the evening. What to do and how not to lose your license the next day, if the day before you consumed alcohol? Let’s find out what residual alcohol is and why all drivers have completely different content after drinking alcohol.

Unfortunately, the huge number of drivers who drive in the morning seriously underestimate the amount of residual alcohol in their bodies. The more so as the police officers check the level of alcohol content in the exhaled air on the road. In this case, many believe that the main thing when driving from a hangover is to remove the smell of alcohol from your mouth, and then the breathalyzers of police officers will not determine that you drove from a hangover. But they won’t.

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Dog with bear

If you have residual alcohol in your body in the morning, no chemicals, orbits, dirols or cough lollipops will help you. Normally, a breathalyzer will easily determine the amount of alcohol in the exhaled air. Hence the conclusion: never drive with a hangover. And even if you have had a bit of a hot drink since the evening, it is still better not to drive in the morning, as there is a risk of losing your license for residual alcohol in the body. You have to admit, no matter when you’ve been drinking alcohol. According to the law, another important thing is the alcohol content of exhaled air measured by a breathalyzer.

Remember that despite the amount of alcohol consumed in the evening, in the morning hours his blood level and exhaled air will be too high. Especially if you take your chest closer to 00:00 and drive at 8:00 in the morning. You should know that in a short time, alcohol has not yet been eliminated from your body.

Here’s an average of the blood alcohol content.

So, if you had a drink at 00:00 at night, which resulted in 1.5‰ ppm in your blood (don’t confuse the ‰ sign with the % sign), then you shouldn’t drive even at 9:00 a.m., because your blood will still contain 0.6‰ ppm on average. This is, of course, the average value for an average driver. The research was based on the calculation that on average alcohol is eliminated from the blood at 0.1 ppm per hour.

Really, don’t forget that these are still averages. How alcohol is eliminated from your body depends on your individual constitution. So someone’s alcohol can get out a little faster, someone’s alcohol can get out a little slower.

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Naturally, you should understand that if you drink at 12 a.m. and drive at 9 a.m., you really risk being left without driving license in a state of intoxication. And that’s considering that the last time you were drinking was just the day before.

Unfortunately, a very large number of drivers forget about it and every morning they go on the road without thinking about the fact that they can not only lose their license, but also provoke an accident. In fact, according to numerous researches, driving a car with a hangover is as dangerous as being behind the wheel in a drunken state. Even with a hangover your reaction is essentially lowered and in case of danger you can not cope with management or simply will not notice any danger. So take it as a rule not to drive in the morning after drinking alcohol the day before.

How do I know the level of alcohol in my blood or exhaled air without a breathalyser?

If you have a Breathalyzer, you will never drive intoxicated or hung over when your blood and breath alcohol levels are higher than permitted by current legislation. After all, before getting into the car, you can take a breathalyzer test, which will show the level of alcohol in your body.

Unfortunately, many motorists do not have a breathalyzer (and it is desirable to buy, the good is worth it inexpensively) and just do not think about the consequences, going on the road.

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Often people determine by their condition whether they can drive. Especially when it comes to morning journeys. After all, many people, having drunk since evening, in the morning think that they are sober and can go on the road while driving a car. However, physical condition is often deceptive. After all, in the presence of a small level of residual alcohol in the blood or exhaled air, you can really feel quite good, especially if the evening before you drank a little.

But remember, the law is the law, and it must be followed. And in case if your body exceeds the allowable level of alcohol, you can really be held administratively liable for driving a car intoxicated. And it in spite of the fact that, as a matter of fact, you feel at a wheel as the absolutely sober person.

So never rely on the state of your body. First of all, you should understand that alcohol is not quickly removed from our body and the level of residual alcohol will depend on the amount of alcoholic beverages you have drunk, as well as, of course, their type. In addition, the individual characteristics of each organism must be taken into account. Again, alcohol is processed and excreted from the body of all differently.

 

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