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false prophet Avatar
5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Always been a pedestrian for years i never took notice of drink driving laws(only that people didnt want to drive after 1 pint),

i realise now it says 80mg that ,8 shots of spirits or 5 glasses of wine even 4 pints,

seems bizare a person could drive after 8 shots of whiskey.

without food after that i can barely walk

or have i got it wrong?
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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#1
It's 80mg/100ml of blood... to get this level takes about 1-2units of alcohol for most people dependant on their weight and drinking habits.1 unit of alcohol is approx 9ml or 7.5g of ethanol.

80mg/100ml blood = 35ug/100ml breath = 107mg/100ml urine

Those are the legal limits.

Also 1 shot of vodka = approx 7.5g of pure ethanol (not mg)




Edited By: krazie2004 on Apr 25, 2011 07:49: added stuff
1 Like #2
glad to hear your a pedestrian!!!
#3
Ah ok i read 80mg in the blood when one unit is 10mg,therefore the presumption is set.

glad someone dosent drive after 8 whiskeys
#4
suf i always believed it was one pint and mostpeople stick by it but if you break down the law its not that close.
8 Likes #5
I believe it should be a no drink at all rule, some drivers are just too stupid at the best of times let alone after a drink. Despite years of driving you still get drivers ignoring the highway code and not driving according to the book or ways of the road.
#6
as someone said earlier it depends on the person,if the liver breaks down on the average person at 1 unit per hour maybe some can drink more some less,a no alcohol level could punish people for drinks days ago.

a new reader is needed when you stick it in the ear for 1 second or something.
#7
simplyjimbo
I believe it should be a no drink at all rule, some drivers are just too stupid at the best of times let alone after a drink. Despite years of driving you still get drivers ignoring the highway code and not driving according to the book or ways of the road.


The reason why its not a no drink rule is because research has shown that some people can produce minute amounts of alcohol from things such as bread. This can be due to genetic variations in the enzymes that metabolise alcohol or more likely because of yeast in the gut that ferment the carbohydrates and sugars into alcohol.

So there is no true way of telling whether someone has consumed alcohol or produced it via the other methods. Because of this, the limit which was being considered to be changed, has remained.
banned#8
I am glad you don't drive mate - I would love to see a police man's reaction to that excuse! You are most deffinatley over the limit after 8 shorts of whiskey.
#9
did i say i drank 8 whiskeys or drank over the limit ,i said the law is a farce,if you read carefully.

i read thru thr my gov post and didnt come here blind,it reads to me 80mg is the limit and 1 unit is 10 mg i did the math,.

krazie did a clear and precise explanation.

this dosent make me a drink driver.


Edited By: false prophet on Apr 25, 2011 08:52
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false prophet
as someone said earlier it depends on the person,if the liver breaks down on the average person at 1 unit per hour maybe some can drink more some less,a no alcohol level could punish people for drinks days ago.

a new reader is needed when you stick it in the ear for 1 second or something.


Just to add to your post...

Between the levels of 20 - ~300mg/100ml Alcohol level, alcohol is metabolised as zero order... this means that it is removed from your body at a constant rate, therefore it is possible to predict that by a certain time your levels will be under the limit. Below 20mg/100ml ethanol in blood, the matabolism of ethanol becomes 1st order... which basically means in lay terms that it is unpredictable and will remain in your body for far longer than expected.

Because of this, the no drink rule will catch people out sometimes days after they have had a drink.
banned#11
yeah, the no drink suggestion clearly hasnt been thought through at all.
2 Likes #12
csiman
yeah, the no drink suggestion clearly hasnt been thought through at all.



Regardless of the 'natural' production of alcohol, no drinking should be the rule. Sensible drivers know best, only a fool will play roulette with someone else's and their own lives
#13
Cyclist should be penalised for riding drunk too, Their a menace to themselves and other road users..!!!
1 Like #14
OP, Voted hot !

Just had 7 shots of jack daniels and im off for a drive to the shops.
#15
exactly,7 shots of jd is 2 cans of stella if you spent 2 hours drinking them your under the limit
#16
i once had 10 shots, scary drive home!
#17
false prophet
exactly,7 shots of jd is 2 cans of stella if you spent 2 hours drinking them your under the limit

2 hours are you kidding? oO

I had them lined up on the car bonnet and necked them in under 2 minutes :D
#18
shauneco
Cyclist should be penalised for riding drunk too, Their a menace to themselves and other road users..!!!

I agree with that. They are a right pest at traffic lights when sober never mind drunk when everyone has got past them only to find a red light and the cyclist then works their way back thru the cars and generally goes straight through the red light, which leads to potential for a bad accident and then all the cars having to struggle to get past them again.

Edited By: jase.2 on Apr 25, 2011 10:15
#19
I don't drive at all if I've had any alcohol, even when I've been drinking the night before I still won't drive the next day. :)
#20
One of the main symptoms of being drunk, is that you are uttlerly convinced you are not drunk.

Sadly I have seen too much of the damage alcohol and driving can cause.
1 Like #21
"I'm not confident in my driving ability, so having a few beers before raises my confidence"...
banned#22
simplyjimbo
csiman
yeah, the no drink suggestion clearly hasnt been thought through at all.



Regardless of the 'natural' production of alcohol, no drinking should be the rule. Sensible drivers know best, only a fool will play roulette with someone else's and their own lives

so you've never driven the day after a heavy party or night out with the lads?

you'd be nicked my son if they introduced a zero limit!
banned#23
iamdamien
"I'm not confident in my driving ability, so having a few beers before raises my confidence"...

lol

I had a double voddie before my driving test to calm my nerves

worked a treat!

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