Driving the Morning After Drinking… Is it Safe?
Drinking and driving is a well known, dangerous threat to everyone on the roads. However, what about driving the morning after drinking? While it depends on a multitude of reasons, such as “your size, whether you are male or female, how much food you’ve eaten, the state of your liver, and your metabolism,” there is a real threat of impaired driving the morning after drinking.
Drinkaware explains that “[e]ven if you've been to sleep after drinking, there could still be high levels of alcohol in your system, and this could be enough to put you well over the drink driving limit.” “On average, alcohol is removed from the body at the rate of about one unit an hour.” This means that, depending on when you had your last drink and how much you drank, you might still be impaired when you wake up.
The Morning After UK offers a “Morning After Calculator” to calculate the length of time when the alcohol is likely to have passed through your body. “The calculator allows one hour for each unit of alcohol, plus an additional hour for the first drink to allow for the alcohol to enter the bloodstream.”
Otorize offers additional protection against impaired driving, especially the morning after drinking. In order to be as safe as possible, you should always test for impairment, especially the morning after drinking when impaired driving might slip your mind.