Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving don’t go hand in hand. One should never drink and drive.

In India, Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is used for law enforcement purposes to measure the degree of intoxication.

BAC is the concentration of alcohol in the blood, expressed as the weight of alcohol in a fixed volume of blood. It is dependent on the amount of alcohol consumed, the rate of consumption, how quickly the alcohol has been absorbed into the body and rate of metabolism.

Gender, body fat, weight, whether there is food in the stomach and other factors also influence BAC levels. BAC levels can continue to rise even after you have stopped drinking.

The legal BAC limit for driving a vehicle varies from country to country, from 0% (no alcohol at all) to around 0.08%. In India the BAC limit is * 30 milligrams of ethanol per 100 milliliter of blood.

To avoid the multiple legal, personal and social consequences, there is only one safe option: don't drink and drive.

There are many proven alternatives to the irresponsible and dangerous practice of driving under the influence of alcohol. While they may require a little planning, they may save a life, possibly yours.

  • Nominate a 'designated driver'
  • Take a taxi
  • Use public transport
  • Plan to have someone pick you up
  • Arrange to stay overnight
  • Hire a chauffeur

Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is not an option - it is irresponsible and it can be deadly.

Sobering up

If you have been drinking, nothing but time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.

Coffee, cold showers and other so-called remedies will not reduce your BAC level or alleviate the effects of alcohol on your ability to drive a vehicle safely.

*Source - Indian legislation viz., Motor Vehicle Act, 1988