One glass of wine can put a woman over the drink-drive limit, according to a road safety organisation which runs rehabilitation courses for convicted drink drivers.
In a press release issued last week (11 Dec), the TTC Group said that a single 250ml glass of wine, as served in pubs, ‘will put women over the legal limit’.
It also warned that women would be ‘well over’ the limit if they drank the same as men because their bodies contain about 15% more fat and less water to dilute alcohol. As a consequence, they reach a higher level of breath/blood alcohol than a man of the same body weight drinking the same amounts.
TTC Group issued the warning on the back of transport secretary Chris Grayling’s comments earlier in the month, in which he said the Government would not reduce the drink-drive limit because they did not want to penalise motorists for simply having “a glass of wine at the pub”.
The 2016 THINK! festive drink-drive campaign also carries the tagline ‘a second drink before driving doubles your chance of being in a fatal collision’, rather than focusing on any dangers to drivers associated with the first alcoholic drink.
TTC Group says motorists with a blood alcohol level between 50mg and 80mg are six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and twice likely to be involved in a traffic incident.
Alan Prosser, TTC Group director, said: “Alcohol strengths vary in different glass sizes and there are some stronger red and fortified wines. It is not so simple as to say a glass of wine is OK because it’s not.
“Our advice and that of the transport department’s own THINK! campaign is to have none for the road. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair driving judgement and ability.”
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