Any amount of alcohol poses a risk
YOU may be under the legal alcohol limit to drive but that doesn’t mean you’re safe.
According to Professor Jeremy Davey from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety at the Queensland University of Technology, people who have just a small amount of alcohol in their system are at a substantially higher risk of an accident.
“Even with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of less than 0.05, you’re twice as likely to be in a fatal accident as someone with a BAC of 0.00,” Prof. Davey said.
“Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving. While if you’re under the legal limit you won’t be prosecuted, it’s really not safe to be driving.”
He said the generic ‘one standard drink an hour’ guideline was simply a blanket message for everyone and that people should be aware that everyone reacts to alcohol differently.
“There are a number of factors that determine an individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) like metabolism and body mass,” he said.
“Really, once a person needs to start calculating how many drinks they’ve had, they shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel.”
There are, however, always going to be people who consume some alcohol and drive because there is a law that allows it.
There is 10 grams of alcohol in a standard drink and Professor Davey said there is rarely just one drink measure in any alcoholic beverage.
“Obviously the most preferable way to go is if you drink, you don’t drive at all and if you drive, don’t drink at all,” he said.