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FairytalesAreBullshit Sun 16-Apr-17 04:00:37

I was looking at the limits for other countries, just some how stumbled across it, some countries don't allow you to drink at all. There was an article that said basically even after 1 drink technically you're fine, but it affects people differently. The UK has the highest limit shared with a few other countries, when it comes to alcohol permitted in blood stream.

I'm wondering especially if you have DC whether you should drink at all when driving and just suck it up and drink at home, as you never really know how it's going to affect you, plus they calculate you lose 1 unit every hour, I suspect that it's an individual thing.

Maybe it's a strong assertion that you shouldn't drink and drive, but if you had a glass of wine having had nothing to eat, it'll affect you differently, with the impacts being different.

iamreginaphalange Sun 16-Apr-17 04:46:11

Don't drink and drive... it's that simple.

user1492080882 Sun 16-Apr-17 05:32:45

I don't drink anything if I'm driving, that keeps it really simple. It is such an individual thing, and I would just be so terrified of being over the limit, it is 100% not worth it. I also would not drive the next day if I'd had a good drink (if I'd had one glass with dinner or something that's different). I have friends who are comfortable having one small drink and driving home, and I'm sure they'd be totally safe, but I just can't.

AuntMatilda Sun 16-Apr-17 05:36:34

If I'm driving at say, 4 am (which I have to do quite often) I'll join my friends for a wine at 9pm
When people say don't drink and drive, do they mean leave a 24 hour gap? 12 hour? 8 hour? I find it confusing.
I'll never have a big glass of wine at the pub and then jump in my car (obviously) but if I get to the pub at 7pm and know I won't drive until midnight then Ill have one.

So what does 'Don't drink and drive' actually mean?

AuntMatilda Sun 16-Apr-17 05:36:35

If I'm driving at say, 4 am (which I have to do quite often) I'll join my friends for a wine at 9pm
When people say don't drink and drive, do they mean leave a 24 hour gap? 12 hour? 8 hour? I find it confusing.
I'll never have a big glass of wine at the pub and then jump in my car (obviously) but if I get to the pub at 7pm and know I won't drive until midnight then Ill have one.

So what does 'Don't drink and drive' actually mean?

Trifleorbust Sun 16-Apr-17 05:49:59

I don't have a problem with someone driving within the legal limit. I have one DC. You're more likely to be on accident because you are distracted by them then you are because you had one alcoholic drink an hour ago or whatever.

Also, it is either acceptable because it is almost certainly safe, or it isn't. Children in the car are irrelevant. You could cause an accident that might kill someone else's children - is that any better?

Littlelegs19 Sun 16-Apr-17 06:03:16

I won't drink anything if I'm driving but that's because I know my body doesn't react too well to alcohol-cheap date!
DH will only have one pint if he is driving and if he has had a good drink the night before won't drive too early the next day.
FIL just drinks what ever amounts he wants and will drive. He has been known to have in excess of 6/7 pints and still drove. I will/have not got in a car with him on these occasions.

Everybody is different and handles alcohol so differently I think it should be no drink at all if your driving.

YellowRoss Sun 16-Apr-17 06:14:20

Scotland has a different drink drive limit, much lower than England. It's generally accepted amongst my friends a d family that you don't drink and drive at all. I wouldn't have a drink and drive that same day at all. I am cautious about driving the next day after drinking. Would dive after a couple of small drinks but last week I was out with friends until midnight for a few drinks so I didn't drive until about 2ish the next to day.

OhDearToby Sun 16-Apr-17 06:19:31

I never drink and drive. Not even one drink. Not sure what having dc has to do with it though!

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