Many people like to celebrate the Christmas season by having an alcoholic drink.
Drinking any amount of alcohol can affect your judgement and be potentially dangerous when driving a vehicle.
The law in England and Wales states that you MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.
The law in Scotland states that you MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 22 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 50 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.
However alcohol can affect different people at different levels of consumption so the best advice is to NEVER consume alcohol before driving at all.
The effects of alcohol when driving include:
A false sense of confidence
Reduce your co-ordination
Slow down your reactions
Affect your ability to judge speeds, distances and risks accurately
It can still affect your ability to drive safely, even if you drive the following day
If you are caught whilst over the limit, you will lose your licence, face a fine or even a prison sentence
If you want to have a drink, the best advice is to either use public transport, a taxi or arrange for someone who is not drinking to drive you instead.
Remember that the consequences of a drink related accident can disasterously affect your life, those of your passengers and other road users.