Summer drink drive

During sunny weather you may enjoy a lazy afternoon barbecue or drinks in a pub garden.  And there may be a temptation to have ‘just one more’.

Whether you are at home enjoying a barbecue, at friends, down the pub or at a wedding plan how you are going to get home. Even a very small amount of alcohol affects our ability to judge speed and distances, and slows our reaction times.

How you are going to get home?

  • taxi
  • bus
  • walking
  • designated driver.

The designated driver

  • Encourage them to only drink soft drinks or Mocktails.
  • Never offer them an alcoholic drink.
  • Or accept a lift from someone you suspect may have been drinking. Find another way home.


  • Mocktails are great non-alcoholic drinks for the entire family and an excellent alternative for the designated driver.
  • Any drink recipe can be modified by simply leaving the alcohol out.  Take a look at a few of our suggestions

Should you drive the morning after?

Could you still be over the drink drive limit the morning after, even if you feel fine?

Most people are not aware how long it takes for alcohol to leave the system. Drinking coffee, sleeping, or having a shower don’t work. Time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.

If you are planning on driving the next day make sure you know your limits. Never drive if there’s even a slim chance you are still ‘under the influence’.

  • Time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
  • Drinking coffee, sleeping, or having a shower doesn’t work.

As a guide you can use the unit calculation to work out the earliest time you would be safe to drive.

  • number of units + 1 hour = minimum time to allow before driving

Download and print our 'should you drive the morning after' leaflet. Or use the units calculator on the Drinkaware website and the calculation above to work out when you should be safe to drive.