You may not be driving at the moment, but if you're thinking about learning then make sure you know the facts about alcohol and driving.

Never get into a car where the driver is drunk or suspect they have been drinking.

There is no guide to tell you how many drinks you can have and still be under the legal limit. It can depend on many factors such as:

  • weight
  • sex
  • age
  • metabolism
  • stress levels
  • amount of food eaten
  • amount and type of alcohol consumed.

Even a tiny amount of alcohol can affect your driving as it slows your reaction times, making it harder to judge speed and distances accurately. The best plan is not to drink at all if you're going to drive. If someone else offers to be the designated driver then offer to buy them drinks, but make sure they're soft drinks. Remember that if you drink a lot in an evening you may still be over the legal limit the next morning.

     
   

The penalties

If you do drink and drive and you get caught, you can expect:

  • to lose your licence for at least 12 months
  • a maximum fine of 5,000
  • up to six months in prison
  • an increase in your car insurance