Workshop participants are given a broader view of the various risks of driving when under the influence of alcohol. The lower alcohol limit for professional drivers and more severe punishments for repeat offenders are explained. How much alcohol is there in a glass of wine or beer? How much are you allowed to drink and still be within the limit? Does a meal play a role in the take-up and breakdown of alcohol? These are just some of the many questions you will be given the answers to.
Belgium scores badly when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol – worse than most other European countries, in fact. A blood-alcohol concentration of 0.5 per thousand multiplies the risk of having a fatal accident by a factor of 2.5. This makes alcohol a dominant factor in accidents, because drink affects various aspects of driving behaviour. The liver needs an average of 1½ hours to break down a standard glass of alcohol. So, if you drink 10 glasses beginning at 11 o’clock in the evening, it will take approximately 15 hours before all of the alcohol has been processed. In other words, at 8 the following morning, you are still under the influence and hence are committing an offence if you drive or ride on the road!
- You know the main effects that drinking alcohol has on your ability to drive.
- You know how the body takes up and breaks down alcohol and so are able to estimate how much you can drink and still drive legally.
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