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Drink Driving: How long should you wait before getting behind the wheel?

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11th August 2022
Friends drinking glasses of wine


Average amount of hours to process

Pint of beer/lager/cider
(568ml, ABV 4%)

2.3 hours

Glass of wine
(175​​ ​​ml, ABV 13%)

2.3 hours

Glass of prosecco 
(125 ml, ABV 12%)

1.5 hours

Single shot of spirits
(25ml, ABV 40%)

1 hour

Double shot of spirits
(50ml, ABV 40%)

2 hours

Whether you’re having ‘just the one’ or more than a few tipples, drinking alcohol can skew your judgement. Many people often think they are fine to drive themselves home when they are not - whether that is the night of the event, or even the morning after.

Keith Hawes
Director - Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

Driving when under the influence of alcohol can affect your perception, concentration and reactions when on the road. This is extremely dangerous and puts yourself and other road users at risk. Many overlook how long alcohol can stay in your system, so it is important to make drivers aware of this.

Keith Hawes
Director - Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

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