East Cork Journal 17-Dec-2018

Midleton Men’s Shed Weekly News

The Christmas Season, a dangerous time on our roads.

For many, Christmas is a season of celebration, and for some, the celebration seems to revolve around drinking.  Now the dangers of drinking are many, varied and well known, but at this time we want to emphasise the dangers, and illegality of drinking and driving. It has been proven time and again that any amount of alcohol will impair our driving and increases the risk of a collision. This is not an opinion it’s a scientific fact. Yet a minority of people in Ireland continue to drink and drive, making our roads less safe for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.
Below are some important facts and figures you should be aware of as you head out to celebrate this Christmas Season.

A 2016 Road Safety Authority investigation into drink driving in Ireland found that alcohol was a factor in road deaths as follows:

  • 38% of all driver deaths
  • 30% of all motorcyclist deaths
  • 47% of all pedestrian deaths
  • 42% of all passenger deaths
  • 86% of drivers and 51% of passengers not wearing seatbelt who had consumed alcohol were killed.

Both the time of our last drink at night and the number of drinks consumed will determine when it is safe to drive on the following day. It is vitally important to be aware that there could still be alcohol in our system the morning after a night of drinking. Almost half of all arrests for drink driving take place between midnight and 6.00am, while 1 in 10 arrests are made between 8.00am and 2.00pm, with a peak on Sundays.

Driving the morning after drinking.

  • It takes the body one hour to process one standard drink, and there’s no quick fix. Common examples of one standard drink include a half pint of beer/ glass of wine (100ml) / pub measure of spirits (35.5ml).  It is also very important to keep this in mind if having drinks away from the pub environment where measures may be larger.
  • There is nothing we can do to speed up the removal of alcohol from our systems. Common myths are that a big breakfast or drinking coffee or having a cold shower will sober us up, but these are simply not true and don’t work.

Our recommendation this Christmas season is to enjoy your celebrations, but simply Never Drink and Drive, and if you need to drive the next morning, don’t drink on the previous evening.

Our Men’s Shed group meets weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the Edmond Rice Centre, and we welcome new members.
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