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The Morning After – Time is the Only Cure

As of 27th October 2011, the legal blood alcohol limit was reduced to 50mg per 100ml of blood while professional drivers and learner drivers face a ‘virtually zero’ rate of 20mg per 100ml of blood.

So, it has never been more important for drivers to aim for zero the morning after. Even if you haven’t had a drink since last night, you may still be unfit to drive. Your body gets rid of roughly one standard drink per hour. No amount of black coffee or cold showers or even a full Irish can speed up your body’s ability to eliminate alcohol (although you might feel better).

This is a general rule of thumb and it is best to start the calculation from the time you stopped drinking.
For more information on the new lower drink driving limits, check out our Drink Driving page.



If you are thinking about drinking and driving, the message is simple – don’t . Check out our Drink Driving page for information on how alcohol affects the body plus current drink drinking penalties.
If in spite of your best intentions you end up drinking more than you should, there are a few things you can do to ease the morning after.

  • Drink as much water as you can before going to sleep, and put some beside the bed too.
  • Take an antacid to settle your stomach.
  • Alcohol is a depressant, so tea or coffee can perk you up (but they can also dehydrate you, so keep up the water as well).
  • Drinking lowers your blood sugar level, so eat as soon as you can. Bananas, cereal, or egg on toast are all good morning-after snacks. Fruit smoothies can help replace lost vitamins as well as fight the thirst.
  • Never ever do hair of the dog – you’ll just prolong the agony.
  • Have 48 hours without alcohol.

And next time, follow our tips for a great night out.

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