Don’t drink and drive - it’s just not worth it

2016-11-24 06:01

IT’S that time of the year again where we overspend and overindulge in just about everything, including alcohol.

Yes, it’s party season and as much as we tell ourselves we’ve worked hard and deserve to let lose, and as true as that may be, having a jol is not worth your life or anyone else’s.

According to Arrive Alive, drunk driving is one of the biggest threats to road safety in South Africa.

Research indicates that 50% of people who die on the road have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05 gram per 100 millilitres.

The 2015 WHO Global Status Report on road safety shows that while some improvements have been made in South Africa’s road safety, there remains a significant level of improvement needed.

South Africa is ranked 23rd out of 50 African countries in the report.

It also indicated that enforcement levels were still poor, similar to the 2013 report.

South Africa scored:

3/10 - enforcement of the speed limit

4/10 - enforcement of the blood alcohol content limit

5/10 - enforcement of the helmet law

2/10 - enforcement of the seat-belt law.

According to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) the rule of drinking and driving should be not to drink and drive at all.

However, South African laws allow for this with certain limits.

The million dollar question has always been just how much is one allowed to drink before getting behind the wheel.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limits are as follows:

0.05 gram per 100 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers have a limit of 0.02 gram per 100 millilitres.

Breath alcohol content: 0,24 milligrams per 1000 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers are limited to 0.10 milligrams per 1000 millilitres.

The AA says the rule of thumb is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68kg.

Our bodies can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, your body will need more time to process alcohol if you weigh less than 68kg.

In layman terms, it is equal to two thirds of a beer or spirit cooler with five percent alcohol content.

For those who drink wine, 75ml of red or white wine per hour with an alcohol content of 12% to 14% is acceptable.

Whisky and brandy connoisseurs can drink up to one 25ml tot of alcohol per hour.

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